Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, has insisted that a move to any of Spurs, West Ham, or Aston Villa would be hard for Danny Ings to turn down this summer, but stated that the Hammers have the edge.
The former Leeds striker gave his analysis of the transfer situation, claiming that West Ham could potentially be the most appealing side as they are competing in the Europa League next season.
He also suggested that Villa themselves are a team that could pose a threat next season with early signings such as Emi Buendia and Ashley Young.
The Athletic have reported that West Ham, Aston Villa, and Tottenham Hotspur are all interested in signing the 28-year-old after he turned down a lucrative contract, which would have made him the highest Southampton’s history.
He now has just one year left on his current deal, meaning the Saints will have to sell him either this summer or in January to recoup some money, or else he will be available to leave for free next summer.
Nuno is understood to want to switch Spurs’ system to a two-man attack with a Premier League-ready goalscorer alongside Harry Kane – whom they remain determined to keep despite City being interested in a mega-deal – according to the Telegraph.
Whelan said: “When you look at the size of Villa, Tottenham and West Ham, they are pretty similar.
“Tottenham, for me, are probably slightly bigger in terms of history and what they have done.
“But when you look at where they are after last season, West Ham are more appealing because they are in the Europa League.
“It would be hard to turn down a move to any of those clubs. Look at the market Villa have gone into.
“Look at Tottenham’s stadium. West Ham have Europe, they all have their benefits.
“Villa, to me, look a team who are desperate to rebuild and really challenge for the top six this season.
“Tottenham could have money to spend if Harry Kane goes but they are big shoes to fill.”
Danny Ings would be a fantastic signing: he’s a Premier League proven goalscorer and has many good qualities.
The only issue is whether he is coming in to play with Kane or replace him. The latter would make the situation very different.
Also, West Ham being ahead of us in the pecking order is a nice reminder of the big fall the club has had.
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