Danny Ings has snubbed a move to Everton this summer, leaving West Ham United’s move to sign Hugo Ekitike in doubt.
According to The Times, Everton made an attempt to sign Danny Ings, but the West Ham striker knocked them back.
If a new striker comes in, one of either Ings or Michail Antonio are expected to leave the London Stadium ( The Athletic).
However, if neither Ings or Antonio are shifted, bringing in the 21-year-old Frenchman may well prove to be problematic…
£34 million signing in doubt as West Ham player Danny Ings snubs transfer to Premier League rivals
It will be very hard indeed for the Hammers to bring in Ekitike if Ings does not leave this summer.
Michail Antonio is in superb form, so the likelihood is that he will remain with West Ham.
Ekitike would be a huge upgrade on the former Aston Villa, Southampton, Liverpool and Burnley striker, what with his pace and power.
Danny Ings is obviously a good finisher and he will work well for a club that plays with two up front. However, he is painfully ill-suited to the way in which West Ham play.
Selling him and bringing in Ekitike will be a superb bit of business from the club. It probably won’t happen though if the Hammers are unable to shift the 31-year-old.