Aston Villa striker Danny Ings is being tipped to join a rival Premier League club this summer as Steven Gerrard wants to land an ‘A-list’ replacement.
The Villans have already shown their intentions for next season by capturing highly rated midfielder Boubacar Kamara from Marseille. The 22-year-old had been courted by Manchester United and Newcastle, only for Gerrard’s side to win the free-transfer race.
Kamara, who could soon become a full France international, will link up with Aston Villa once his Marseille contract expires on June 30.
According to Football Insider, Gerrard wants a high-quality striker added to his ranks, too.
The report claims he is searching for an ‘A-list’ attacker who will help Villa reach the next level and potentially get into the Premier League’s top 10.
He currently has Ings and Ollie Watkins at his disposal. But the Liverpool legend is open to selling Ings to part-fund a move for someone else.
Ings, 29, cost £25million when joining from Southampton last summer. However, he had a slightly disappointing first campaign in the West Midlands. Just seven goals came his way in 31 appearances.
In 2020-21, he bagged 13 goals in 33 matches for Southampton – demonstrating his usual high standards.
Danny Ings decision is a surprising one
Many would expect Gerrard to stick with the Englishman ahead of a potential upturn in form next season. But that isn’t the case and he seemingly wants an immediate solution.
The report suggests Ings may end up at Brighton. Like Villa, the Seagulls are on the lookout for a better striker than their current options.
And given Ings’ Premier League experience, he would be a fantastic capture for Graham Potter.
It seems Villa will need to identify Ings’ potential successor up top before the transfer wheels can be set in motion.
Then, they can begin negotiations with Brighton over a potential switch to the Amex.
This is not the first time Football Insider have tipped Villa to change their attacking options. Previously, they have claimed Watkins to be up for sale, amid his links with Arsenal.
Letting Ings go after just one year at Villa Park would be a surprising turn of events. It would be far better if they got him to complete a full pre-season there so he can get back to his best.
Meanwhile, former Villa man Gabby Agbonlahor thinks the club should raid Rangers for an exciting talent.