Boss announces why he has let 14-goal star sign for West Ham this January


Danny Ings’ imminent move to West Ham is in the striker’s and Aston Villa’s best interests, according to boss Unai Emery.

Some signings have been impressive – but some have not – and the inconsistent start to the Premier League season means that Moyes will still need to add some fresh faces to the squad in the next transfer window

Ings moved to Villa from Southampton for £25m in 2021 but has not hit the same heights at Villa Park as he did at St Mary’s, scoring only 14 goals in 52 games for the Villans in all competitions.

He is Villa’s top scorer this season with seven goals in all competitions, but Emery has decided to let him go after admitting that the offer wa simply too good to turn down – He said: “Yes, I think he will sign for West Ham. For us, he was a very important player and his commitment was amazing. With me, he was so respectful.

“We decided on one offer from West Ham. The player was wishing to get it and I decided to let him go because for him it was a very good offer and for the club as well.

“We were playing with two strikers, (Cameron) Archer he left (on loan to Middlesbrough) as well because he needed to have experience.

“We signed Jhon Duran, he is a young player and we want to develop him and have experience with us but not to think he is going to be the replacement for Danny Ings.

“We had to put one more striker in the squad and we hope he will progress in the next weeks, months and years.

“It’s going to be very difficult to sign one striker to improve our team but we are going to try. Now or in the summer. I want to be patient.”

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