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Aston Villa signs Danny Ings from Southampton

August 4, 2021 GMT
FILE - In this Saturday, May 15, 2021 file photo, Southampton's Danny Ings during warm up before their English Premier League soccer match against Fulham at St. Mary's Stadium in Southampton, England. Aston Villa has signed striker Danny Ings from Southampton to a three-year contract, it was announced Wednesday, Aug. 4. The Birmingham club paid an undisclosed transfer fee for Ings amid widespread reports that it is also negotiating a record fee from Manchester City for midfielder Jack Grealish. (Peter Cziborra/Pool via AP, file)
FILE - In this Saturday, May 15, 2021 file photo, Southampton's Danny Ings during warm up before their English Premier League soccer match against Fulham at St. Mary's Stadium in Southampton, England. Aston Villa has signed striker Danny Ings from Southampton to a three-year contract, it was announced Wednesday, Aug. 4. The Birmingham club paid an undisclosed transfer fee for Ings amid widespread reports that it is also negotiating a record fee from Manchester City for midfielder Jack Grealish. (Peter Cziborra/Pool via AP, file)
FILE - In this Saturday, May 15, 2021 file photo, Southampton's Danny Ings during warm up before their English Premier League soccer match against Fulham at St. Mary's Stadium in Southampton, England. Aston Villa has signed striker Danny Ings from Southampton to a three-year contract, it was announced Wednesday, Aug. 4. The Birmingham club paid an undisclosed transfer fee for Ings amid widespread reports that it is also negotiating a record fee from Manchester City for midfielder Jack Grealish. (Peter Cziborra/Pool via AP, file)

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — Aston Villa signed striker Danny Ings from Southampton to a three-year contract on Wednesday.

The Birmingham club paid an undisclosed transfer fee for Ings amid widespread reports that it was also negotiating a deal to sell midfielder Jack Grealish to Manchester City for a record fee.

The 29-year-old Ings scored 34 goals over the past two Premier League seasons with Southampton.

“Danny is an outstanding Premier League footballer who has scored goals wherever he has played,” Villa manager Dean Smith 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.”

Ings spent the past three seasons at Southampton after joining from Liverpool.

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