West Ham United’s hopes of signing James Ward-Prowse from Southampton this summer are surely now dead and buried.
That’s because Southampton are apparently demanding £75 million for the 27-year-old central midfielder according to a report from The Sun.
Hammers manager David Moyes desperately needs to bolster his central midfield ranks at the London Stadium this summer.
Mark Noble will retire at the end of the season whilst Alex Kral will almost certainly be sent back to Spartak Moscow after an underwhelming loan spell at the London Stadium.
Moyes is allegedly keen to bring Southampton star James Ward-Prowse to West Ham from St Mary’s before the start of next season (The Sun).
The Scot may well have his work cut-out though…
West Ham United dealt James Ward-Prowse blow
Southampton are thought to be demanding at least £75 million from any club that wants to sign the 27-year-old in the summer transfer window according to a report from The Sun.
There is absolutely no way that the Hammers will be paying anything like that for the Saints midfielder.
And that’s a real shame because Ward-Prowse would be a brilliant signing for West Ham.
The 10-capped England international is a sensational footballer and has been dubbed as the best set-piece taker in world football by Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.
Ward-Prowse has enjoyed his best season ever for Southampton this season, bagging 10 goals and eight assists in 40 games so far (Transfermarkt).
The central midfielder possesses exceptional technique, is a magnificent passer of the football and has a very impressive engine.
The 27-year-old is truly incredible from dead-ball situations as well.
Considering how much emphasis David Moyes places on set-pieces, it’s easy to see why signing Ward-Prowse would be very high up on the Scot’s priority list.
West Ham United would be a much better team with James Ward-Prowse in the starting XI. If Southampton really are asking for £75 million for him though, he won’t be rocking up at the London Stadium any time soon.