Scottish sources claim David Moyes has given the West Ham board a clear weekend transfer ultimatum over James Ward-Prowse.
Because reports have consistently claimed the negotiations between West Ham and the Saints looked set to result in the England midfielder ending up at the London Stadium.
According to Sky Sports, West Ham had held positive talks with over the signing of Ward-Prowse.
Scottish sources claim David Moyes has given West Ham board a clear weekend transfer ultimatum over James Ward-Prowse
Southampton director of football Jason Wilcox confirmed talks were ongoing with West Ham after an initial bid of around £20m was rejected.
The Guardian’s Jacob Steinberg then told talkSPORT he expects the transfer of Ward-Prowse to West Ham to go through and confirmed the player wanted the move.
But the same reporter delivered a glum update when it was revealed West Ham were going to walk away from a move for Ward-Prowse after a second bid of £25m was rejected.
There may just be a sliver of hope for the Hammers, though.
Scottish sources claim David Moyes has given the West Ham board a clear weekend transfer ultimatum over Ward-Prowse.
The Daily Record claims the Scot has told the club he wants Ward-Prowse – who is said to be keen on the move – in his squad by the end of the week to start preparing for the first game of the season.
‘Ward-Prowse has told Moyes he wants West Ham move’ report claims
“David Moyes is pressing West Ham United to reach an agreement with Southampton over the transfer of James Ward-Prowse,” The Daily Record states.
“The Scot – who led the London club to a first trophy in 43 years in June – is understood to want Ward-Prowse in his squad by the end of this week in order to prepare for West Ham’s English Premier League opener at Bournemouth in 11 days’ time…
“Moyes has asked West Ham’s recently appointed technical director Tim Steidten for two new midfielders, and regards Ward-Prowse as a guaranteed source of Premier League goals and assists…
“In discussions with the Scottish manager, Ward-Prowse is understood to have expressed his enthusiasm for a move to the London Stadium – if West Ham are able to agree financial terms with Southampton, the only club of his career.”