David Moyes confident Danny Ings still has a role to play West Ham United

David Moyes confident Danny Ings still has a role to play West Ham United

West Ham manager David Moyes is adamant striker Danny Ings still has a future at the club despite his dip in form and interest from elsewhere in the Premier League.

Ings, 31, joined the Hammers a year ago from Aston Villa for £15million as Moyes tried to steer them away from relegation trouble.

The former England striker had an immediate impact, scoring twice in a crucial victory over Nottingham Forest.

But he has scored only once in the intervening 36 matches, against Gent in the Europa Conference League last April.

Ings has been linked with a January move to Wolves but his wages are understood to be an issue.

Hammers boss Moyes said: œWe brought Danny in when we were really short of centre-forward options and we wanted someone that could score in the Premier League.

œWe wanted someone to hit the ground running. I can remember him scoring two against Nottingham Forest when we probably needed the goals to make sure we weren™t in a relegation battle last year.

œDanny has played his part and he™s probably wanted more minutes than we™ve been able to offer him, but there are circumstances that have affected the situation.

œIf you look at the form of the forward players, there™s Michail Antonio and we™re using Jarrod Bowen now, so it™s been pretty hard for him. But overall Danny Ings is a really good player and really good professional to work with as well.

œCan it work out for him? I think that™s more a question for Danny Ings rather than me.

œAll I can say is, we really like him. He works hard and tries to be the best he can be every day. We™re really supportive of him.

With Bowen, Antonio and Lucas Paqueta injured and Mohammed Kudus on international duty with Ghana, Ings is set to start at Sheffield United on Sunday.

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