James Ward-Prowse to Aston Villa: ‘next week’ transfer requested, £ 35million fee, view of Southampton
Aston Villa have been linked with a move for Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse.
The Mirror reported in June that Villa was keen on the England international, who narrowly missed Gareth Southgate’s side for the European Championships.
Ward-Prowse’s loss could be Villa’s gain, however, with his absence from Euro 2020 potentially allowing Dean Smith’s side to strike a deal for the player.
Emi Buendia became Villa’s first summer signing when his arrival from Norwich City was officially completed last week.
Now Villa will be looking to start and complete their squad quickly with the next season firmly in sight after finishing 2020-21 in 11th place.
Villa wants to help Jack Grealish, Villa’s skipper missing three months of the campaign.
Buendia will certainly tick a box for Villa, but an upgrade to midfield, where Smith shot last season, could be on the way.
Ward-Prowse would certainly do the trick in terms of the type of player Villa is looking for, but his teammates at Southampton are optimistic about his retention.
“I like Prowsey a lot, he’s a player who does everything well,” said Ward-Prowse midfielder teammate Oriol Romeu.
“His free kicks, needless to say, but also his abilities, his pace of work, his leadership, his skills, his game is getting better and better and I’m sure he can even improve his game for the season. next we can see a more mature Prowsey, who will definitely lead the team for the next few seasons. “
Here is the latest news on a possible move from Ward-Prowse to Villa ….
Why is Villa linked to him?
Villa want to strengthen their ranks this summer with talent that can fit in with little time for players to adapt.
Smith has previously spoken about Villa’s transfer strategy of buying the best available players domestically with many benefits that can develop at the club.
Villa is unlikely to hit the spending levels of previous summer windows, with the focus this time around bringing in maybe two or three key players who can come in and improve the squad immediately.
Midfielder is one area Smith shot in last season with John McGinn, Ross Barkley, Jacob Ramsey, Douglas Luiz and Marvelous Nakamba.
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Villa invited to move “next week”
Kevin Phillips expects Southampton to hold up for a hefty sum, but believes Villa should strike while the iron is hot after confirming Buendia’s arrival last week.
“It will take a decent fee to get Ward-Prowse,” ex-Villa striker said Football initiate. “It’s a good deal to have Buendia. If they were to get Ward-Prowse within the next week, then Villa would have done some good business already.
“It would take a very decent fee to attract him or for Southampton to even consider letting him go.
“It could be down to the player and if he wants to leave the club then it is difficult to keep him if he wants to go.
“Southampton would receive nothing less than £ 35million. He’s an English player and the Premier League’s best set-piece specialist. He’s a quality player who can score goals, that’s a bonus. “
Southampton’s stance on a potential transfer
BirminghamLive colleagues on the south coast at HampshireLive report that Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side will not let his player, who will likely cost Villa another record, leave this summer.
“Southampton are planning for the future with Ward-Prowse on their team and have no plans to capitalize on his talents”, HampshireLive write.
“In the short term, that (Ward-Prowse’s snub in England) could prevent Southampton from losing him this summer, with the midfielder having only one match-winning international free kick to see his price triple and his interest in his signature.
“However, in the long run, Southgate’s decision could leave the midfielder thinking about his long-term future halfway through his career.”
What Smith said about JWP
Smith delivered his verdict on Ward-Prowse following Villa’s 4-3 loss to Southampton in November when the midfielder scored three goals.
“They’ve got a special set-piece in Ward-Prowse,” Smith said. “He made one out of what I would call a very questionable free kick, then he put two in the top corner on two more free kicks.”
Free kicks aren’t all Ward-Prowse has in his game, but set pieces are certainly something he specializes in.
It should be noted that Grealish recently pointed out Villa wasted in free kicks on international service with England.