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 has had a journeyman career across eight different clubs in the Premier League, Championship and League One.
The Winchester-born player came through the Southampton academy before moving to fellow south coast club Bournemouth. He made his professional debut for the Cherries in the 2009/10 season. In 2010, he joined Dorchester Town on loan and scored four goals in nine appearances.
After a successful first season, Ings was linked with a number of British clubs in higher divisions.
Four years at Burnley
Ings struggled to make a significant impact in his first season in the second tier, making just 15 appearances, with three goals scored. His first goal for the club came in a 5-1 win against Portsmouth, with his second arriving in the next match versus Birmingham City. His final goal that season came in the final game against Bristol City - a 30-yard strike.
After the sale of fellow striker Jay Rodriguez to Southampton, Ings began to establish himself as a first team regular. However, in Burnley's final pre-season match of the 2012/13 campaign, Ings suffered a serious knee injury, keeping him out for six months.
Burnley sold another of their strikers, - Charlie Austin to QPR - paving the way for Ings to become his club's first-choice frontman. He hit the ground running and was named Championship Player of the Month for October 2013.
His third season in the division proved to be his best, scoring 22 goals and helping Burnley to finish second, securing promotion to the Premier League.
He scored both of Burnley's goals in a 2-1 win at Stoke City for their first away win of the Premier League season, his goals coming in the space of two minutes. He made his 100th league appearance for Burnley in a 1-0 win against Southampton on December 13.
His confidence grew and between January and February, he netted five times in six league matches. In May, he scored the winning goals in 1-0 victories over Hull City and Aston Villa to complete the season with 11 goals.
Injury-hit spell at Anfield
Ings played out the fourth and final year of his Burnley contract before signing for Liverpool in June 2015.
He made his Liverpool debut in August 2015 in a 3-0 loss to West Ham United and played his first European match in the Europa League against French club Bordeaux.
In his first training session under new manager Jurgen Klopp, the striker suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury, ruling him out for the majority of the season. He made his return in the last game of the campaign against West Brom.
Ings suffered another knee injury in October 2016 when playing in the League Cup against Tottenham Hotspur. Despite successful surgery, the injury ruled him out for another nine months.
In September 2017, he made his first appearance in 11 months when he came on as a second-half substitute in a 2-0 defeat to Leicester City in the EFL Cup. In April 2018, he scored his first goal after his return in a 2-2 draw with West Brom. It was his first goal since 2015 and his first goal under Klopp.
Finding consistency in the Premier League
Ings requested a move from Anfield in 2018 given his lack of game-time. Klopp reluctantly accepted his request and Ings signed for Southampton on an initial season-long loan which would become permanent for £18million plus £2million in add-ons.
He made his Saints debut as a substitute against former club Burnley before scoring in his first start for Southampton in a 2-1 defeat to Everton.
Ings was scoring at a regular rate and in July 2020, he became only the third player for the club to score 20 league goals in a season, after Matt Le Tissier and James Beattie.
Ings' goal on the final day of the season took him to a personal best of 22 league goals and 25 in all competitions. Southampton finished in 11th place.
Ings ended the season as the joint-second top scorer in the Premier League with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and just one goal behind Leicester's Jamie Vardy.
Southampton's key man continued to fire during the 2020/21 season, scoring 12 times in 29 appearances in the league.
Ings had rediscovered his goalscoring touch, scoring 34 league goals in just 67 matches at St Mary's. It led to Aston Villa signing the 29-year-old for £25million in the summer of 2021 on a three-year deal.
In his first season at Villa, Ings scored seven goals and claimed six assists in 30 Premier League games for the club.
Ings spent more time coming off the bench for Villa in the 2022/23 season. However, he still managed to net six goals in 18 Premier League appearances before new manager Unai Emery sold him to West Ham for £12million in the January transfer window.
Playing for the Three Lions
Ings has been involved in the England set-up since featuring for the Under-21s between 2013 and 2015, scoring four times in 13 appearances.
After signing for Liverpool, Ings earned his first full England call-up in October 2015 from Roy Hodgson. He made his debut in the Euro 2016 qualifying match against Lithuania, replacing Harry Kane with around half an hour of the match remaining. England went on to record a 3-0 victory.
Ings had to wait five years to make his next appearance for his country.
In 2020, following impressive performances for Southampton, his second cap came in the Nations League against Iceland. He again came onto the field as a substitute in a 1-0 win.
Danny Ings' personal life
Ings married his wife Anastasia Smith in November 2022.