Aston Villa may look to signal James Ward-Prowse subsequent 12 months after failing of their makes an attempt to prise the midfielder away from Southampton throughout the summer time switch window, in line with Express & Star reporter Luke Hatfield.
What is the newest information involving Ward-Prowse?
Villa noticed a £25million bid for England worldwide midfielder Ward-Prowse rejected by Southampton in July.
Boss Dean Smith firmed up his curiosity in Ward-Prowse, who agonisingly missed out on Gareth Southgate’s closing squad for England’s Euro 2020 marketing campaign, after seeing bids for Arsenal artistic midfielder Emile Smith Rowe turned down.
Ward-Prowse, who’s valued at £27million by Transfermarkt, turned a outstanding determine on Villa’s radar having performed every minute in every of the final two Premier League campaigns, however Saints have been eager to carry onto their captain.
He notched nine goals, together with a brace of free-kicks in Southampton’s 4-3 win at Villa Park, and 7 assists as he confirmed his devastating skill from dead-ball conditions final time period.
However Villa didn’t get a deal over the road earlier than the switch deadline handed on the finish of final month they usually suffered a blow of their hopes of signing Ward-Prowse when the window reopens in January after the 26-year-old penned a brand new five-year contract.
What has Luke Hatfield mentioned about Ward-Prowse?
Regardless of seeing Ward-Prowse commit his long-term future to Saints, Villa reporter Hatfield believes the midfielder stays on Smith’s wishlist and, consequently, one other bid could possibly be within the offing subsequent summer time.
He feels Villa will look to revenue if Southampton fail to get pleasure from a promising marketing campaign, significantly after seeing key males Jannik Vestergaard leave for Leicester Metropolis and Danny Ings join Villa from the south-coast membership throughout the recently-closed switch window.
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Hatfield informed GMS: “It could possibly be one they revisit if Southampton battle this season or in the event that they have been to go down after shedding some key gamers.
“He is clearly a improbable participant and Villa have been very eager on him however issues did not pan out.”
How has Ward-Prowse carried out this season?
Ward-Prowse has performed every minute of Southampton’s Premier League marketing campaign to date and claimed his first objective, from the penalty spot, within the 2-2 draw with Newcastle United final month.
The central midfielder, who has received eight international caps and scored a solitary objective for England at senior degree, additionally grabbed two assists as Saints recorded the biggest away win of their historical past due to an 8-0 thrashing of League Two outfit Newport County within the second spherical of the League Cup.