According to journalist Paul Brown, West Ham United should target James Ward-Prowse as the player they need at the London Stadium, as reported by GIVEMESPORT.
Following Southampton’s relegation to the Championship, the captain Ward-Prowse could potentially leave the club. Recent reports have linked Ward-Prowse with a departure from Southampton after their Premier League relegation. In a rare occurrence, the midfielder from Portsmouth was substituted in Southampton’s final game of the season against Liverpool.
Journalist Dean Jones recently stated on GIVEMESPORT that this could have been Ward-Prowse’s opportunity to bid farewell to the fans, indicating his impending departure from Southampton this summer. It is rumored that Southampton will demand around £40m for their academy graduate. West Ham is reportedly leading the race to secure his signature, with Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur also expressing interest.
As Ward-Prowse has experienced intermittent inclusion in Gareth Southgate’s plans in recent years, regular playing time in the Championship might hinder his chances of securing a spot in the national team. Therefore, a return to the Premier League could be enticing for Ward-Prowse, and according to Brown, he would be an excellent addition for West Ham. Brown suggests that West Ham should eagerly pursue the signing of Ward-Prowse from Southampton for £40m.
Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, he said: “I don’t think anyone should be too concerned by the fact that Southampton went down. I think he gave them everything. He’s a dead ball specialist, he’ll bring that to West Ham too.
“I think he’s the kind of player that West Ham need. I think it’s a no-brainer for them to do that deal. If it’s £40m? Bite your hands off.”