West Ham striker Danny Ings is reportedly on the verge of leaving the club, with a move to Wolves potentially coming to fruition in the January transfer window.
The 31-year-old has enjoyed a good career overall, representing the likes of Burnley, Liverpool and Aston Villa, as well as winning three caps for England.
Ings joined West Ham last January, arriving on a permanent deal from Villa, but he has struggled to enjoy regular football since arriving in east London.
The form of the likes of Jarrod Bowen, Mohammed Kudus and Michail Antonio has seen him have to settle for a squad role, with only one start and nine substitute appearances coming his way in the Premier League.
It looks as though Ings could be on the move soon after signing for West Ham, with Football Insider reporting that Wolves are in talks over a loan switch to Molineux.
“Wolves are in talks to sign striker Danny Ings on loan from West Ham this month, sources have told Football Insider. It is believed the Irons want a loan fee for the 31-year-old and will also demand Gary O’Neil’s side cover his wages for the duration of any potential agreement.”
The report also adds that “Wolves are in the market for an orthodox number nine this month and have already allowed Sasa Kalajdzic to join Eintracht Frankfurt on loan”, further explaining the reasoning for wanting to snap up Ings.
It is clear that David Moyes doesn’t see him as an important part of his plans, so it makes complete sense for him to head off elsewhere this month.
Admittedly, having good squad depth is something that is vital as the season goes on, but the English striker has only played 15 minutes of action since 20th December, all of which came in a cameo role against Bristol City in the FA Cup third round on Sunday.
It just hasn’t quite worked out for Ings at the Hammers, and at 31, it could simply be that the former Liverpool man has peaked as a player, with a permanent exit making sense once the summer transfer window arrives.
If Ings does leave, it is important that West Ham look to bring in a replacement in January, in order to keep Moyes’ attacking options strong.