West Ham’s pursuit of Southampton captain James Ward-Prowse has hit another roadblock as their latest bid worth £27 million plus £3 million in add-ons has been rejected, relays the WHZ. However, journalist Jack Rosser suggests that despite threats to walk away, the deal could still be in the works, with both David Moyes and Ward-Prowse eager for the transfer to happen.
The Sun journalist revealed that West Ham has once again considered backing out of the deal, but both Moyes and Ward-Prowse are keen on seeing the move through. The Hammers’ latest bid was reported as a final “take-it or leave-it” offer, as Moyes aims to add more Premier League experience to his squad.
For West Ham, securing a deal for Ward-Prowse is crucial, even if it means paying a sum they may view as an overpayment. The club is known for being cautious in the transfer market, often making low-ball offers. However, this is a deal they cannot afford to let slip away.
With less than two weeks left until the start of the Premier League season, West Ham is yet to finalize any transfer deals, despite Declan Rice’s departure for £105 million almost a month ago. Ward-Prowse clearly stands out as Moyes’ top transfer target this summer, given his leadership as Southampton’s captain in the Premier League, his decade of top-level experience, and his exceptional set-piece delivery.
The midfielder would seamlessly fit into the team at the London Stadium and has completed a full pre-season with Southampton, eliminating any concerns about his fitness.
With the substantial amount of money received from Declan Rice’s sale, West Ham is aware that players will come at a premium cost. However, paying a premium may be necessary to land their key targets, and Ward-Prowse remains at the top of their priority list.