Danny Ings has been hailed as a ‘perfect signing’ for West Ham, after the Southampton striker raised his Premier League tally to 12 goals for the season.
Ings continued his brilliant form to score twice in the Saints’ 3-1 win over Crystal Palace on Tuesday night.
It’s an impressive record for the 28-year-old, who has maintained his scoring record in a Southampton shirt despite a season fraught with injury issues, having missed 11 games in all competitions this season.
He has proven his undeniable predatory ability since joining the south coast club Liverpool, with a total of 46 goals and 10 assists in 97 appearances for the Saints.
TalkSPORT host Jason Cundy is a big fan of the striker, but says he is ‘too good’ to play for a 14th place in the Premier League table.
The former Chelsea defender has said the leader deserves to make a big transfer this summer, and said he would be an instant hit if he joined David Moyes’ Hammers.
“I’m a fan of Danny Ings,” said the Sports Bar host. “I think he’s underrated as a striker.
“There is a place for him in a team higher than Southampton, he is too good to play for a team threatened with relegation.
“Is this the Chelsea club?” I don’t know if it’s going to be big enough to do it at this level. I don’t mean to say he’s not a big enough name, but Champions League football is what he must have proven himself to be.
“I think West Ham would be perfect.
“Whichever team you put him on, he will score goals, but West Ham is feeling good.
“It’s a bit of a conundrum for him, but he’s made noises that he wants to leave and it would be a good decision for him.
After the Palace win, Ralph Hasenhuttl said he was ‘positive’ Southampton could keep their hands on their star man after his clinical performance.
The Saints’ top scorer Ings, whose brace made 100 career club football goals, has one year left on his current contract.
Manager Hasenhuttl admits Southampton are ‘a different team’ when Ings plays and remains confident a new deal will be struck.
“He knows we want him to stay with us as long as he wants. For us it is important that he stays with us, ”said Hasenhuttl.
“I am also convinced that it will happen, maybe not now, but maybe in the next few months we will find a chance to make it happen.
“With Danny we’re a different team because he gives the chances we need to score and sometimes also goals when you don’t think there is a chance. The first goal was fantastic on his part.
“And that’s why it’s important to us.”