West Ham will apparently refuse to let Danny Ings go until they have found a suitable replacement.

To say West Ham need to sign a forward would be an understatement. Every single one of their first-choice attackers are currently unavailable. Paqueta, Bowen and Antonio are all expected to be out for a month or more with injuries, while Kudus is away with Ghana for the African Cup of Nations.

As we have seen multiple times this season, the backup that the Hammers do have is subpar. Said Benrahma, Pablo Fornals, Maxwell Cornet and Danny Ings are all players that the club were considering selling in order to improve on their squad but the ongoing injury crisis has caused them to reconsider this stance.

Ings in particular is someone the club are keen to move on this month as his reported £125,000 a week contract is a massive burden on the wage bill. Fortunately, Football Insider believes that David Moyes will be able to lighten it by letting him go out on loan.

Gary O’Neil’s Wolves are said to be front runners for his signature. However, the Irons are going to be smart enough to keep the striker until they have a replacement lined up. 

Unfortunately for all parties, bringing in a top quality striker when you are on a limited budget is extremely difficult and West Ham will have to make sure they are bringing someone in who actually suits their system, unlike Ings if they are to get through this period without the majority of their star players.

In the event that the Hammers are able to sign a No.9, then it would be best to let Ings go. The squad may already be limited but he has proven time and time again that he simply can not produce under David Moyes. That is not necessarily his fault but when you consider he is one of the highest earners at the club, you would expect him to be someone that can be relied upon. 

Hopefully the board can convince Wolves to pay the majority of his extremely high wages, as well as getting a decent loan fee in order to try and dodge a breach of FFP.

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