ASTON VILLA have overtaken Tottenham as favourites to sign Southampton forward Danny Ings.
That's according to bookmakers Sky Bet, who've installed Dean Smith's side at 15/8 to clinch the striker's signature.
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Ings' future looks increasingly uncertain.
The 28-year-old rejected a lucrative four-year deal that would have made him the highest paid player in Southampton's history.
Instead, Ings wants a fresh challenge elsewhere.
The Englishman believes the two major knee injuries he suffered at Liverpool prevented him from showing his real ability.
Ings will be allowed to leave on a free transfer in 12 months – but reports suggest Saints chiefs will green-light a deal for around £25million.
And that could open the door for Aston Villa.
Danny Ings next club – Sky Bet odds
- Aston Villa – 15/8
- Tottenham – 2/1
- Manchester City – 10/1
- West Ham – 16/1
- Manchester United – 18/1
- Chelsea – 20/1
- Liverpool – 20/1
- Leicester – 22/1
- Arsenal – 25/1
- Everton – 25/1
- Leeds – 25/1
- Wolves – 40/1
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The Villans have had an extremely busy transfer window, bringing in Emiliano Buendia, Leon Bailey and Ashley Young for a combined £63million.
But the imminent sale of Jack Grealish to Manchester City for upwards of £100m could see them venture back into the market.
Dean Smith is looking for striking options with Tammy Abraham linked having been tipped to leave Chelsea.
But Ings is another option and Sky Bet price him at 15/8 to complete a switch before the transfer window closes on September 3.
Tottenham, now managed by Nuno Espirito Santo, face the prospect of losing talisman Harry Kane and are available at 2/1.
Kane has been seeking to end his 17-year association with Tottenham.
And his efforts intensified this week when failing to report for pre-season training.
Manchester City are next in the betting market at 10/1 if Pep Guardiola and Co opt for a cheaper alternative to top target Kane.
West Ham and Manchester United are offered at 16/1 and 18/1 respectively with Chelsea and Liverpool locked together at 20s.
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