By Russell Edge

12th Dec, 2017 | 4:06pm

Newcastle and West Ham offer desperate top flight striker January exit route - report

Premier League relegation rivals Newcastle United and West Ham United have both been in contact with Liverpool over securing a swoop for striker Danny Ings in the January transfer window, according to a report.

The Liverpool Echo claim on their website that the top flight duo are both keen on snapping up the 25-year-old forward, who is said to be desperate to prove his worth at Anfield rather than be shipped out on loan or permanently in the upcoming market after his injury nightmare.

However with the likes of Roberto Firmino, Daniel Sturridge and Dominic Solanke ahead of him in the pecking when at full fitness, it is said that a temporary exit seems the most likely solution for him to be handed the first team action he is looking for.

Ings has suffered two serious knee injuries in the last couple of seasons, which has limited him to just 13 appearances since arriving on Merseyside in 2015 from Burnley, and made his first league appearance of the season from the substitutes’ bench on Sunday against Everton.

Football Insider verdict

Both Liverpool and Ings will know that the only way for him to return to full fitness is to being playing regularly, and that does not seem something that is likely to happen if he stays with the Reds. A loan move makes sense for all parties involved, and in Newcastle and West Ham, he has two clubs screaming out for a proven goalscorer. He could become the hero that they need in their respective relegation fights and it may simply come down to who will offer him the most game time. Newcastle are severely lacking in firepower, with Joselu and Dwight Gayle failing to net regularly, whereas the Hammers have seen Javier Hernandez, Andre Ayew, Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho all falter this season. 

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In other Newcastle United transfer news, it is reported that a bid has been placed for one of the club’s top attacking targets.

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