Ashley Preece has provided an update on Aston Villa’s pursuit of Southampton captain James Ward-Prowse.
The Lowdown: Ward-Prowse offer turned down
Villa have been linked with a move for the Saints midfielder for two months now and have actually had a formal offer turned down.
David Ornstein of The Athletic revealed last week that Southampton rejected a £25m offer from Villa for the 26-year-old.
Villa have already done business with the Saints by signing Danny Ings, however, a move for Ward-Prowse looks set to be more complicated.
How much should the club offer for Ward-Prowse?
The Latest: Preece replies to fan
Reliable reporter Preece was asked by a Villa fan on Twitter for an update on Ward-Prowse and Axel Tuanzebe.
He replied, admitting ‘Southampton reluctant to sell’ Ward-Prowse – an interesting four-word update.
Preece, who has over 24,000 followers, got just over 20 likes for his reply, so his update appeared to go under the radar due to the fact he was replying to a fan rather than tweeting it out to the masses.
The Verdict: Another Smith-Rowe situation?
If that is true, Villa could be in line for another scenario similar to Arsenal’s Emile Smith Rowe.
Will we see the Villains move on to a third English midfield target instead? Todd Cantwell has also been linked.
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