By Noel Whelan

12th Jul, 2021 | 11:00am

Ings 'absolutely' keen to sign for West Ham after reported update - Whelan

Noel Whelan claims Danny Ings would jump at the chance to join West Ham this summer.

The former Leeds hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insists there is no better target man than the Southampton striker.

On 7th July, The Athletic reported West Ham have shown an interest in Ings as he stalls on signing a new deal at Southampton.

Ings, 28, scored 12 goals in 29 Premier League outings last season.

He has one year remaining on his current deal and could leave for nothing next summer.

Whelan claims Ings could thrive at West Ham due to the quality wide options available at the London Stadium.

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When asked if a move to the Hammers would tempt Ings, Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, “Oh absolutely, why would it not?

“They had a fantastic season last year. They are looking to do business early this summer.

“We already know they let Sebastien Haller go last season. They need to replace the target man.

“We know there’s no one better as a target man than Danny Ings. He can hold the ball so well.

“They have some great wide players at West Ham and Ings is a player who can be a danger from those crosses.

“He’s got an eye for a goal, he knows the Premier League and he’s a proven goalscorer.

“Once again, David Moyes is trying to sign the best British players. Ings would be relishing the opportunity to potentially play in Europe.”

In other news, West Ham have opened talks to sign a 25-year-old and are confident a deal can be done.