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Another Ingscoming At Villa With Excellent Surprise Capture To Top A Torturous Week

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With all eyes on the Jack Grealish ‘will he, won’t he, has he, was it done months ago’ saga playing out ad nauseum in the media this week, Aston Villa well and truly proved most journalists and pundits don’t have a Scooby about what we are doing behind the scenes as a short time ago this evening we signed Southampton and England striker Danny Ings.

Predictably, I’d not long logged off – which maintains a habit of 20 odd years, things happen when I’m not around.

Ings had been very loosely linked with us (when we were linked with everyone and anyone), but the clear favourites with some steam had been Spurs, Manchester City and Chelsea, so for us to sneak in a few hours back and complete the transfer for a reported £25/30million is a sterling piece of work on our front. It’s also a steal given his quality.

The 29-year-old has had his injury problems in recent years, but Villans will need no introduction to how clinical he is in front of the net – scoring 14 times across all competitions, including internationals last season. His two years at Southampton saw 65 starts, ten substitute showings with a 38 goal return.

He becomes our fourth capture of the summer following on from Emi Buendia, Ashley Young and Leon Bailey, and he has signed a three year deal with us.

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Speaking to the Official Site as the deal was announced, head coach Dean Smith was clearly delighted with the signing.

“Danny is an outstanding Premier League footballer who has scored goals wherever he has played. He is also a top professional with a great character who will be a leader in our squad and a role model for our rapidly developing young Academy players who are now in and around the first team. I am delighted to welcome Danny to our great Club.”

Reaction from the fans was obvious on social media (you can read it on the above Tweet) but once the shock had worn off, there was understandable delight.

Now, this does sadly imply that Jack will eventually complete a move to Manchester City as you’d think Ings would go central and Ollie would move to the left – but whatever happens we have a frightening forward line for the coming campaign and there’s quite a bit of interchanging that could go on.

If Jack does go, he goes with thanks – he played a major part in getting us here but few can deny our business this summer significantly strengthens us and provides us options as opposed to the ‘get it to Jack’ approach we have taken, which should only see us improve further.

If Jack doesn’t end up going – oh good God, we’ll be buying hats to hang onto.

Welcome Danny – the futures looking bright.

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