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West Ham complete signing of Aston Villa star in £15m deal

The Hammers have looked to strengthen to avoid a surprise relegation

West Ham United have completed a shock move for Aston Villa striker Danny Ings in a deal worth £15m, according to reports.

Currently the most out-of-form side in the Premier League, the Hammers have taken just one point from their last possible 21, and have scored just 15 goals in 18 outings thus far. Recent losses include defeats to Brentford, Wolves and Leicester City, while they also fell to a 3-1 defeat to Arsenal after taking the lead.

Given that this season follows a summer in which the club spent record sums on the likes of Lucas Paqueta, Gianluca Scamacca and Nayef Aguerd, it is safe to say that more was expected of Moyes and his side.

It is thought that the Scot’s future is in the balance at present, with defeat in a relegation six-pointer against Everton enough to see him sacked and the Hammers already looking at other options, including former Spurs boss Nuno Espirito Santo.

As it stands, they sit 18th and will be spending next season in the Championship.

And injury to striker Scamacca, who is expected to be sidelined for a month, has forced them to move this January, taking advantage of Ings being out of favour at Aston Villa to snap up the 30-year-old in a deal worth up to £15m.

The deal to take him to east London is set to cost the Hammers an initial £12m, with a further £3m in performance-related add-ons, and will hand the Hammers some much needed firepower as they look to avoid a shock relegation.

They are still expected to be active this January, though money may be an issue following the summer spree. Meanwhile, Aston Villa remain keen on a move for Marseille midfielder Matteo Guendouzi before the end of the transfer window.

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Ben Browning

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