The Lowdown: Contrasting claims
The Nigerian international has entered the final 18 months of his contract in Ligue 1, with the Irons very much alert to his situation having already tabled a £25m bid in the hope of signing him this month.
French reports have claimed that an agreement has been reached with the 23-year-old now on his way to the capital, but Lorient manager Regis Le Bris has since publicly stated that the striker is disturbed by the rumours linking him with an exit, suggesting that a deal may not have actually been struck.
The Latest: Jones’ comments
“They’ve been trying to get both. They’ve got issues with scoring goals and [Gianluca] Scamacca’s injury has led them to accelerate. In terms of the Danny Ings signing, I think that’s quite a surprising one to be honest.”
The need to sign an additional goalscorer is now even more urgent, as Ings is facing several weeks out with a knee injury.
The Verdict: Make it happen
Ings’ injury history suggests this won’t be the last time he suffers this sort of setback, and Moffi should be the ideal candidate to bolster David Moyes’ attacking ranks further in the final third.
Standing at 6 foot 1, the left-footed forward would also add a different dimension up top with his height, with his performances this season seeing him dubbed as ‘deadly as they come’ by reporter Jacque Talbot.
Ranking in the 86th percentile for non-penalty goals despite sitting in the bottom half of strikers for non-penalty expected goals (FBRef), it seems likely Moffi could become an absolute goal machine in a better side creating more chances – though Moyes may need to also sign a creative midfielder to achieve that status.