Express and Star journalist Luke Hatfield doesn’t see Aston Villa signing James Ward-Prowse this summer.
Sky Sports reported earlier in the transfer window that the Saints had rejected a £25m bid from Villa for their club captain and the Telegraph reported last week [11th August] that both Aston Villa and Tottenham were preparing moves for Ward-Prowse.
Saints manager Ralph Hasenhuttl told the media in his pre-match press conference ahead of Southampton’s opening Premier League match: “Prowsey [James Ward-Prowse] is a guy who everybody wants to have, but I don’t see a scenario for him not to be with us for the next few years” [football.london].
Luke Hatfield also can’t see a deal taking Ward-Prowse to Villa Park happening, telling Transfer Tavern: “The James Ward-Prowse one is tough for them.
“I just think when you sign a player from a club, like you signed Danny Ings it’s never a good look to sign a second player from them and for Southampton as their club captain as well who’s got a lengthy deal, I just don’t see it happening now.
“I think it would take a really large amount of money to even get Southampton considering to sell, especially considering that Ings and Vestergaard have both gone.”
Villa have had a brilliant summer transfer window, signing six players, with Ashley Young, Caleb Chukwuemeka, Axel Tuanzebe, Leon Bailey, Danny Ings and Emi Buendia all arriving at Villa Park.
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