Noel Whelan has tipped Danny Ings to snub interest from Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa to sign for West Ham United this summer [Football Insider].
The Lowdown: West Ham United get set to embark on landmark 2021/22 season
Progressing towards 2021/22, many Irons supporters will be buzzing to see their side embark on their European adventure as they get set for Europa League football this campaign.
Now, former Leeds United striker Whelan reckons that another signing could be on their way to the London Stadium this summer.
Would Ings be a good signing for West Ham?
The Latest: Whelan tips Ings to choose Hammers over Aston Villa and Tottenham
Previously, Villa, Spurs and West Ham have all been accredited with an attraction to 28-year-old Ings, with his contract expiring in 12 months time [The Athletic].
In an interview with Football Insider, the English pundit gave some insight into why he reckons Ings could be on his way to East London, stating: “When you look at the size of Villa, Tottenham and West Ham, they are pretty similar.”
“Tottenham, for me, are probably slightly bigger in terms of history and what they have done.
“But when you look at where they are after last season, West Ham are more appealing because they are in the Europa League.
“It would be hard to turn down a move to any of those clubs. Look at the market Villa have gone into.
“Look at Tottenham’s stadium. West Ham have Europe, they all have their benefits.” [Football Insider]
The Verdict: Ings would be an astute signing for the East Londoners
Rightfully, the 46-year-old points out the appealing nature of all three clubs on the trail of the England international.
However, there is a strong argument that the Hammers could be in an advantageous position to land Ings, due to their lack of positional depth up front – offering him an easier path to guaranteed minutes – and potential to reach the latter stages of the Europa League in the forthcoming season.
Across his career, the Winchester-born forward has registered 135 goal contributions in 297 appearances; 106 goals and 29 assists [Transfermarkt].
Last season, he notched 17 of those goal contributions in 33 fixtures with 14 goals and three assists [Transfermarkt].
Most certainly a traditional poacher, Ings was a constant threat to opposition defences last year, averaging two shots per match across the campaign [WhoScored].
Needing reinforcements with only Michael Antonio on the books as a natural striker, the Irons should look to acquire Ings as he would add some potency to David Moyes’ attack.
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