6 transfers that caught every football fan off guard – like Danny Ings to Villa

While many bumper Premier League transfers are preceded by weeks of speculation and negotiation – some deals go completely under the radar like Danny Ings' Aston Villa switch.

The former Southampton striker moved to Villa Park in the summer in a deal worth £25million, and has gone on to score three goals across nine appearances.

The 29-year-old was part of the reinvestment of the funds Villa received from Manchester City for Jack Grealish, and a deal was quickly struck with little public knowledge.

Daily Star Sport has now taken a look at six Premier League transfers that evaded the eyes of supporters until the move was confirmed by the clubs, including one infamous north London switch.

Danny Ings to Aston Villa

Danny Ings joined Aston Villa from Southampton in the summer after three years and 46 goals in 100 appearances on the south coast.

The three-time England international was brought in by Dean Smith as the club looked to replace the influence of Grealish with several incoming deals.

With Smith since losing his job, Ings has shown glimpses of his quality with three Premier League goals, and will now be looking to impress under Steven Gerrard.

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Odion Ighalo to Manchester United

Odion Ighalo's widest dreams came true during the January transfer window of 2020 when he joined his boyhood club Manchester United on loan from Shanghai Shenhua.

The former Watford forward came in to play a back-up role in cup competition, scoring on his debut in the Europa League for the Red Devils against Club Brugge.

The Nigeria international left Old Trafford the following January on the expiration of a second six-month loan, scoring five goals across 23 outings.

Andy Lonergan to Liverpool

Liverpool's goalkeeping crisis ahead of the 2019/20 season forced them to bring in Football League journeyman Andy Lonergan on a short-term contract.

He was on the bench for their UEFA Super Cup win on penalties over Chelsea, as well as both of their Club World Cup clashes.

Following his release at the end of that season, he has since been on the books at Stoke City, West Bromwich Albion and now Everton.

Sol Campbell to Arsenal

Sol Campbell was famously unsure about moving from Tottenham to Arsenal back in 2001, but was eventually convinced to make the move by David Dein.

The move came as a shock to fans of both clubs given his former allegiances, having been at White Hart Lane since the age of 14.

It's fair to say that Spurs fans didn't take the move too well, but Campbell would've felt justified after winning two Premier League titles and three FA Cup finals.

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Bebe to Manchester United

Bebe joined United for around £7million back in 2010 just five weeks after signings for Vitoria de Guimaraes. He would go on to play only seven times for the club, scoring twice.

“It was a shock for me, too,” he said if the move.

“For the week leading up to it, I thought the whole thing was a joke. I thought they were leading me on.

“Then I realised it was serious. I was surprised. I was playing in the third division in Portugal and all of a sudden one of the world’s biggest clubs wanted me? That’s not very normal.”

Carlos Tevez & Javier Mascherano to West Ham

The most bonkers double transfer of all time is surely Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano to West Ham.

The Argentine pair singed for undisclosed fees from Corinthians, with the Hammers said to have struck a deal with their agency.

Alan Pardew said at the time: "Not only am I excited by the arrivals of Carlos and Javier, but the entire squad is too, and I am sure our supporters feel the same. What a day for West Ham United."

Tevez would end up joining United with Mascherano signing for Liverpool.

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