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Ralph Hasenhuttl speaks out on rumours surrounding West Ham striker target Danny Ings
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Ralph Hasenhuttl speaks out on rumours surrounding West Ham striker target Danny Ings

West Ham United have been heavily linked with a move for Southampton striker Danny Ings this summer.

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West Ham are keen to sign Saints and England striker Ings this summer according to talkSPORT journalist/presenter Alex Crook.

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Ings continues to be linked with summer move to West Ham

Hammers insider ExWHUemployee claimed a couple of months ago that Moyes is keen to prise the 28-year-old former Liverpool man away from St Mary’s in the summer.

According to talkSPORT presenter Crook West Ham boss Moyes is a big fan of Ings, who is at a well-publicised contract impasses with Southampton.

As a result speculation has been rife over his future as he enters the last year of his contract from June.

That of course lowers any transfer fee, something that will undoubtedly have caught West Ham’s attention.

Some of that was sparked by Ings’s manager Ralph Hasenhuttl. Speaking earlier this month the Austrian admitted the situation is ‘difficult’.

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Saints boss has admitted striker’s contract situation makes things ‘difficult’

“For Ingsy, he had a fantastic season this season but since then he has had a few injury problems without scoring too much, but he is still a very good striker,” Hasenhuttl told Hampshire Live.

“He has one more year on his contract. This will be an interesting situation for him, if a big club wants him, it is always difficult for us to keep a player like that but I do not see this scenario in the summer, if I am honest.”

Now Hasenhuttl has provided an update on Ings’s situation amid rumours the West Ham target will not play again this season to protect him from any further injuries would could prevent a sale.

Speaking to Sky Sports the Saints boss admitted Ings’s future remains uncertain but that he expects his injury record to play into the south coast club’s hands rather than interested clubs – such as West Ham.

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‘It’s something every player has to answer for themselves’

“I think Danny, especially, will stay with us,” Hasenhuttl told Sky Sports.

“He knows with all his injuries he has had he has a very good spot to perform and come back, and I think this is important for a player.

“It’s a risk to go into a final year of a contract with the risk of getting another injury, then things can be gone. It’s something every player has to answer for themselves, and we hope he’ll be with us for longer.”

West Ham have been linked with a host of other strikers including Youssef En-Nesyri, Tammy Abraham, Ivan Toney, Abdallah Sima, Adam Hlozek and Adam Armstrong.

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