Aston Villa have made preliminary moves in their attempts to sign Southampton star James Ward-Prowse, according to Football Insider.
The Lowdown: Villa hoping to sign Ward-Prowse by July 5
Villa were linked with a move for the Saints captain a day after agreeing a club-record deal for Norwich City’s Emiliano Buendia.
That’s in just 16 days’ time, and it now seems as if Villa are starting to ramp up their attempts to sign the set-piece specialist.
The Latest: Source shares update
Within the story, they claimed a Villa source has informed them ‘the club have made preliminary moves’ for Ward-Prowse – six words which appear to show Villa’s intentions when it comes to signing the midfielder.
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If Villa are successful in their pursuit of the 26-year-old, Dean Smith may still decide to bolster his squad, especially with two pending exits.
Cover for Emiliano Martinez and a fourth senior centre-back may appeal to Smith, so Villa may not be done just yet, even if they spend big on Ward-Prowse.
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