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Journalist suggests Everton need to pay £20m to complete striker signing

Everton would need £20m to lure Danny Ings away from Aston Villa to Goodison Park this January, according to former Eurosport journalist Dean Jones.

Dominic King of the Daily Mail revealed on 4 January that Everton had made an attempt to sign Ings from Aston Villa, a move which was rejected.

Ings only moved to Villa in a deal worth £25m 18 months ago and Jones reckons that this means Everton would be “looking at” £20m to sign the striker in January.

“If he’s going to be sold, then you’re going to want to recoup a lot of that money, especially as Danny Ings, he has a level of experience and a goalscoring record in the Premier League that almost no one else in the market at the moment actually has,” said Jones as quoted by GIVEMESPORT (10 January).

“So, Ings is actually a special case, and I think you’re looking at £20 million in my eyes if you’re actually looking to get Ings on a permanent deal.”

£20m is a steep price to pay for a player in the twilight of his career and whilst Ings would bring with him a solid pedigree to Goodison Park, it’s not worth dishing out that kind of money on him.

Why? Because there are younger talents who can be involved in the team for seasons to come for similar prices on the market right now.

Coventry City’s Viktor Gyokeres springs to mind as an in-form forward who the Blues should be considering making a move for over Ings.

Even Blackburn forward Ben Brereton Diaz is a solid shout and would likely be available for a much cheaper fee than the Premier League veteran.

If however, the Toffees are completely short of ideas then making a loan switch for Ings wouldn’t be the worst shout in the world and provides a low-risk, high-reward deal for Everton.

Whatever the case may be, time is ticking for Lampard and Kevin Thelwell to make some transfers happen on Merseyside.