Aston Villa target “awaits transfer from Man Utd or Man City”
Danny Ings reportedly wanted to move to one of the Manchester clubs this summer after revealing his desire to leave Southampton.
Ings has so far refused to draft a new deal on the South Coast despite the Saints making him an offer that would make him the club’s highest-paid player.
After spending the last three seasons at Southampton, Ings are reportedly ready for a new challenge elsewhere in the Premier League and Aston Villa are among the linked squads.
Villa relied heavily on Ollie Watkins from last season, the 25-year-old excelling in his first top campaign after leaving Brentford last year, scoring 14 league goals and playing three times for England.
Fit-again Wesley Moraes and Keinan Davis, 23, are backup options for Watkins as it stands, but the latter is subject to loan interest from championship clubs.
This means Villa could still bring in another striker, but it’s unlikely to be Ings, who is aiming to move to Manchester United or Manchester City according to talk aboutSPORT.
Ings, who has scored 41 goals in 91 Premier League appearances for Southampton since joining from Liverpool three years ago, is also linked with Tottenham and Chelsea.
The England international is out of contract next summer and Liverpool have a 20% sell-out clause in the deal they negotiated meaning Southampton will have to hand over a certain amount of the funds they receive from ‘a potential sale.
“He has one more year left at our club, we need this player, we want him to play for us,” Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl recently told the BBC.
“But it never helps to start a season with only a year to play and I think he should know that too.
“Messages like ‘he doesn’t want to sign a contract’ don’t help anyone, help them or help us. I don’t know who said these posts to be honest, it’s not coming from our end, certainly not.
“We have no interest in blaming the player or finding him not feeling good here, not helping him to do his best for us. It is his decision but he is our player for one anyway. other year we paid a lot of money for him when we brought him here.
“We invested a lot to bring him, we accompanied him in all his injuries, gave him time to recover and he helped us enormously with his goals, putting a lot of effort while he was here. There is still a year left and there is no reason to sell.
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