Aston Villa have confirmed they’ve completed the signing of Danny Ings from Southampton on a three-year deal.
The England international was understood to have informed the Saints of his desire to leave the club earlier this summer, with a number of sides including Tottenham and Villa emerging as potential suitors.
Villa have now taken to their official website to confirm they’ve secured Ings’ signature, with the 29-year-old penning a three-year deal at Villa Park.
“Ings, 29, scored 14 goals last term for both club and country and joins summer recruits Leon Bailey, Emi Buendía and Ashley Young at Villa Park.”
Dean Smith took the opportunity to welcome Ings to the club, adding that he believes the England international will be a great role model for Villa’s youngsters.
“Danny is an outstanding Premier League footballer who has scored goals wherever he has played,” he said.
“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.”
Ings’ move to Villa sees him bring an end to a three-year spell on the south coast which has helped revive his career.
Prior to his move to Southampton, the forward spent three injury-plagued years at Liverpool where he mustered just 14 Premier League appearances, though in the same time at Southampton he made 91 league appearances, scoring 41 goals.
As of yet there has been no official word on how much Villa have paid for Ings’ services, though early reports suggest a fee in the region of £30m has been agreed.