Ings moved to Aston Villa in 2021 for £25 million after a prolific spell with the Saints in the top flight where he managed to find the net 46 times in 100 appearances, averaging roughly one goal every two games.
Unfortunately, for Ings, his time at the St. Mary’s Stadium was the most fruitful of his career. The centre-forward has failed to replicate his goalscoring form since leaving the club, bagging 14 goals in 52 appearances with Villa.
After just eighteen months with the Midlands club, the now-31-year-old made the jump to West Ham for a reported £15 million, but his spell with the Hammers hasn’t quite gone as well as planned and he has scored merely three goals in 37 matches under manager David Moyes, including just two in the Premier League.
Although Ings did win the UEFA Europa Conference League last season, Football Insider are reporting that Moyes is willing to allow the experienced frontman to leave this season, having accumulated only 397 minutes of action this term.
The outlet are claiming that a number of sides near the bottom of the Premier League and at the top of the Championship are keen to battle it out for Ings’ signature when the January transfer window opens up in just over two weeks.
The CIES have deduced that Ings’ current market value is around £4 million, meaning several clubs could be able to sign the striker who has scored 123 goals in his professional career.
The report reveals that numerous clubs at the top end of the English second tier are considering signing Ings in January, which could include Leicester City, Ipswich Town, Leeds United, his former side Southampton, West Bromwich Albion and Sunderland.
The side out of all of these teams that needs a number ‘9’ the most is Sunderland. Michael Beale is close to being appointed as the new head coach of the Black Cats and worked with Ings during his time as Steven Gerrard’s number ‘2’ in the dugout at Villa Park, meaning there could be an easy connection made here.