Aston Villa may not need Lille striker Jonathan David if Danny Ings keeps playing and scoring, believes journalist Dean Jones.
The 22-year-old is a player who the Midlands club have reportedly looked at before and could be available in January.
How much could David cost?
According to Jeunes Footeux, an offer of €60m (around £52m) may be enough to convince Lille to sell their talisman.
The same outlet also states that Villa’s Premier League rivals Chelsea are interested in signing the player as Graham Potter looks to bring in a new striker.
Heading into the last transfer window, But! Football Club claimed that the Villans were keen on the Canada international, so it would not be a surprise if they provided the Blues with competition in January.
David has impressed so far this season, scoring nine goals in 15 Ligue 1 appearances for Lille.
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What has Jones said about David, Ings and Villa?
Jones thinks any move for David depends on what Unai Emery does with Ings.
Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, the journalist said: “With Villa, it depends on what they’re doing with Danny Ings really. If Ings is going to be the go-to guy, then maybe you don’t need him.”
How has Ings performed under Emery?
David is probably the kind of striker Villa supporters are dreaming about right now. He has been scoring goals for Lille and looks like a real dangerous No.9.
On the former Gent player, Canada manager John Herdman told talkSPORT: “Jonathan is one of those silent assassins. He’s very clued up tactically and that’s what I really enjoy about Jonathan. He really wants to get into the details of the game and understand the pressing tactics.
“The forwards at times want to understand other elements. He knows he’s going to lead that defensive line and will get into the details of that with you. He’s a quiet player around the environment and a quiet presence and has this killer instinct.”
Since arriving at Villa Park, though, Emery has been getting a tune out of Ings. It is early days, of course, but the England international scored both of his side’s goals in the 2-1 win against Brighton last weekend and looked really sharp on the day.
Villa should probably not turn down the opportunity to sign a player of David’s quality if it presents itself, but if Ings can stay fit and continue to perform, then buying a new striker may not be a pressing need for Emery.
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