Ralph Hasenhuttl expects West Ham target Danny Ings to stay at Southampton

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has handed West Ham a major transfer blow in their pursuit of England international Danny Ings.

On Thursday, news broke that the Hammers were interested in signing the 28-year-old this summer.

Ings, whose contract will expire at the end of next season, is understood to have been considering a move away from the club.

Due to his age, this would arguably be his last big major contract, which explains why it’s taking him so long to come to a resolution.

However, despite reports linking him to the Hammers, Hasenhuttl expects the player to stay at the club this summer.

Speaking to Sky Sports, the German said, “I think Danny, especially, will stay with us.

“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.”

Bullet dodged?

While there’s no denying Ings’ quality, having being called ‘exceptional’ by Jurgen Klopp last year, his injury record is something that would put off clubs interested in signing a top striker this summer.

Per Transfermarkt, since 2018, Ings has suffered a hamstring injury on four occasions that’s ruled him out for a combined 15 games.

Apart from that, he’s also suffered three different injuries since November. This has affected his goal tally, ensuring that he scored only ten in the league this season.

Also taking into factor his age, it’s glaringly obvious that he’s not going to get any better in the future while there’s a good chance that his injuries worsen as his body starts slowing down.

West Ham fans have already seen what the absence of a perennially fit striker can do as Michail Antonio, much like Ings has been battling numerous injury woes in the past few seasons.

The best plan forward for the club should be to sign a striker that guarantees you at least 30 league games a season and can play to the team’s strengths.

Ings might be a good signing on paper, but practically the club are better off looking elsewhere.

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