Report shares why Southampton didn’t sign West Ham United striker Danny Ings in the January transfer window.

The 30-year-old ended up joining the West Ham from Aston Villa for a fee totalling £15 million last month.

In typical Hammers fashion, Ings suffered a knee injury during his debut against Everton two weeks ago, and he is expected to miss at least 2-3 weeks of action.

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Ings will hopefully score the goals we need to avoid relegation this season. However, his checkered past with injuries would undoubtedly have been a red flag for West Ham before signing him, and those concerns have come home to roost already.

It seems as though Southampton certainly had those concerns about Ings…

The reason why Southampton didn’t sign Danny Ings

The 30-year-old striker spent three years on the south coast at St Mary’s, before leaving to join Aston Villa in the summer of 2021.

And according to The Athletic, the Saints were interested in re-signing him in the January transfer window.

However, the powers that be at Southampton pulled the plug in the end because of the risk involved in signing Ings.

And in fairness to them, they have somewhat been proved right with that decision already.

The reason why Southampton didn't sign Danny Ings
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I wasn’t entirely against the signing of Danny Ings. He is a proven Premier League goalscorer after all, and should be a decent short-term acquisition for us.

I just wish that David Moyes didn’t allow it to get to a stage whereby he needed to sign a striker so desperately that he panicked and did so without any kind of player recruitment philosophy or a strategic plan in place.

As I said earlier, hopefully Danny Ings, a three-capped England international, returns to action sooner rather than later, and scores the goals that keep us in the Premier League.

However, it would be no surprise at all if his injury problems continued and for that reason, it seems like Southampton made the smart call by pulling out of the race to sign him last month.

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