Some West Ham United fans were sent into a meltdown when Aston Villa stealthily moved to sign reported David Moyes striker target Danny Ings last week.
Goalkeeper Alphonse Areola remains West Ham’s only proper signing this summer as Craig Dawson’s permanent move was activated last season.
Moyes clearly needs more reinforcements, particularly up front if they get the Milenkovic deal done.
Some West Ham fans concerned about transfer business in light of Villa dealings
Some West Ham fans have pointed to the business being done by Aston Villa as concerning for the Hammers.
Aston Villa have brought in Emi Buendia, Leon Bailey and Danny Ings this summer.
And the way Villa quickly and efficiently signed Ings without the media getting wind of it first as Jack Grealish set off for a record £100 move to Manchester City has been cited as an example of how West Ham should be conducting their recruitment by some fans.
Privately West Ham have been very clear all summer that A) Moyes is fully in charge of transfers as he has been since his return to the club – with great success. And B) money IS available for signings.
Moyes was heavily linked with Ings but Villa stealthily beat West Ham and co to the punch
While Jarrod Bowen can operate as a forward, Michail Antonio is Moyes’s only senior recognised striker.
So some West Ham fans were disappointed to see Villa beat them to reported Hammers target Ings.
And now West Ham insider ExWHUemployee has explained why Villa boss Dean Smith was able to beat Moyes to the signing of the former Southampton striker.
“The interesting one (forward option) was Danny Ings, it was a transfer that kind of broke the norm,” Ex said on The West Ham Way podcast, recorded August 8th.
Insider lifts lid on why Aston Villa beat Hammers to Ings
“Because usually there’s a lot of talk about it in the press but there wasn’t much and then he suddenly went.
“What happened with him is that we were interested, but they went and paid something like £25-30m for him and all the other clubs were negotiating around £12-15m because his contract was up at the end of the season.
“So Aston Villa have got a very wealthy backer who is not worried about maybe paying a bit over the odds for players and has gone and splashed the cash on Danny Ings which is why we didn’t get him.”
Many West Ham fans would argue Ings was over-priced and will be overpaid on a reported £125k per week given he is the wrong side of 30 and seriously injury prone.
If Moyes brings in a quality young striker, missing out on Ings might even be deemed a blessing in disguise.
West Ham fans have many grievances with the club’s owners. But it must be said that Ings did not fit the profile of player Moyes is looking to build the club around having made it clear he wants young, athletic, robust stars hungry to prove themselves at the top level.