West Ham sign Danny Ings for £15m in what could be the last throw of the dice for Moyes

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Aston Villa striker Danny Ings celebrates his goal

West Ham have reportedly signed experienced Aston Villa striker Danny Ings according to Sky Sports News, in what could be a do-or-die deal for David Moyes.

The Scottish manager is under increasing pressure at the moment, with a crucial upcoming fixture against his former club and relegation rivals Everton on Saturday. If the Hammers lose that, he is almost certain to be sacked.

Ings has scored goals consistently throughout his career, so if he can come to the London Stadium and score 10 for his new club in the second half of the season, that could be the difference between relegation and survival.

West Ham currently find themselves in 18th place in the relegation zone after winning just four of their 19 opening league matches this season.

Most recently, they lost 1-0 to Wolves at Molineux, who are also facing a relegation battle. This defeat has piled pressure on Moyes, who ironically has been linked with a return to Everton should he lose his job.

Indeed, it truly is El Sackico on Saturday, as whoever loses between West Ham and Everton will likely be tasked with finding a new manager, as both club’s fan bases head towards boiling point.

Moyes will have been hoping to have a new signing through the door by the weekend and the Hammers have now completed a deal to sign Ings, according to Sky Sports News. 

A fee of £15m has reportedly been agreed between the two clubs, after Ings was heavily linked with a move to (yep, you guessed it) Everton in recent weeks. 

Since joining from Southampton in August 2021, Ings has been a solid player at Villa Park.

Overall, in 51 appearances across all competitions, the former England international has netted 14 times, also providing eight assists in the process. This season, he has been in decent form too, scoring seven goals in 21 matches for the Villans.

Ings has plenty of experience under his belt after previous stints with Bournemouth, Burnley, Liverpool and Southampton and has always scored goals fairly consistently.

Overall, in 350 appearances across his entire career, the striker has netted an impressive 120 goals, giving him an average of 0.34 goals per game.

If Ings can add a goal every three games at West Ham for the rest of the season,  that could potentially make a huge difference to Moyes and his team.

The move comes amid rumours that Hammers forward Michail Antonio could be leaving the club this winter after Chelsea made a surprise loan bid for him earlier this month and he has been linked with several other Premier League teams.

Summer signing Gianluca Scamacca has also failed to find his feet this season, after scoring just three times in 16 league outings, so this could prove to be an absolutely huge signing for West Ham.

The Englishman will be available for the Hammers’ relegation clash against Everton on Saturday, so Ings has a great chance to become an instant hit with the fans.

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