Moyes transfer target left out of squad after West Ham bid

West Ham’s intensified transfer window activity has seen them launch bids for multiple midfielders, and one of their primary targets appears to be James Ward-Prowse from Southampton, relays the Hammer.News. Positive talks between West Ham and Southampton have taken place, with sources suggesting that an agreement is edging closer, and personal terms are not expected to be a hurdle, according to Sky Sports.

As the transfer rumors swirl during pre-season, fans and pundits are keeping a keen eye on team lineups for friendly matches, hoping for hints about potential deals. In this context, a significant development has emerged in the possible transfer between West Ham and Southampton for their captain, James Ward-Prowse.

Ward-Prowse has been left out of Southampton’s squad for a friendly against Bournemouth, which comes on the back of West Ham’s bid. Sky Sports reporters, Dharmesh Sheth and Kaveh Solhekol, confirmed this development, citing Southampton’s official line that it is a “precautionary measure due to a knee injury.” However, the presenter on Sky Sports News cheekily remarked, “Where have we heard that before during the transfer window,” hinting at the common tactic of clubs protecting their players during ongoing transfer negotiations.

While the absence from the friendly squad could raise eyebrows and fuel speculation, whether it indicates a potential move to West Ham for the world-class set-piece specialist remains uncertain.

Last season, Ward-Prowse put up impressive numbers for Southampton, scoring 10 goals and providing four assists despite the team’s struggles. If he were to join West Ham, manager David Moyes would undoubtedly hope to unlock even more potential from the 28-year-old England international in a stronger and more competitive side. As negotiations continue, fans eagerly await further updates on the potential move that could further bolster West Ham’s midfield ranks.