Since the start of the winter transfer window, a host of attackers have been linked to Everton. Aston Villa striker Danny Ings is the latest name to be associated with a move to Goodison Park as the Toffees look to bolster their feeble attack.
The pressing priority in the transfer market is to sign a forward as Everton prepare for yet another survival battle. The Merseysiders sit 18th in the table with just three wins in 18 games and 14 goals scored in the process. One of the main reasons why Everton are in this rut is the lack of goals and lack of incisiveness in the final third.
Pressure is piling on Frank Lampard as he scraps to put forward a side that is well equipped to handle the pressure of a relegation battle. The attack hasn’t clicked so far and signing a new striker might just do the trick.
The likes of Montpellier striker Elye Wahi and FC Lorient striker Terem Moffi have already been linked with a move to Merseyside. Wingers Largie Ramazani, Anthony Elanga and Dango Ouattara have found their names being associated with Everton.
Everton will have to make a permanent offer to sign Aston Villa striker Danny Ings
Everton are surveying the market when it comes to strikers. Everton made a loan bid to sign Ings from Villa but they rejected the loan offer, as per journalist Dominic King. A number of sides remain interested in the Englishman’s services.
Now, journalist Dean Jones, has stated that they only way Ings would come to Everton is if the Merseysiders strike a permanent deal with the Villians. The former Southampton man moved to Villa Park in the summer of 2021 for £25 million but is not a first choice and has lost the starting spot to Ollie Watkins.
"“Well, they have to. If they’re going to have any chance of getting Ings, then it’s going to have to be a permanent deal because it’s absolutely not in Aston Villa’s interest at all to loan him out.So, it’s no surprise to see Everton linked here, it’s difficult to find players that can come in and change your season, and I think that Ings can do that.” (via Give Me Sport)"
The player’s contract expires in 2024 and given Unai Emery’s preference of Watkins, Ings might consider moving away from Villa Park. Everton are without a powerful and ruthless goal scorer and Ings can be that, if given the right support.
The 30 year old is valued at £14 million by Transfermarkt and a similar sum could be enough to convince Aston Villa. However, there is no chance to acquire Ings on a short loan deal as previously tried by Everton.
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