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Newcastle United: Magpies may make January move for James Ward-Prowse

Newcastle United: Magpies may make January move for James Ward-Prowse -Newcastle United Transfer Rumours

A source from Newcastle United has now revealed a potential move in the January transfer window for James Ward-Prowse.

The Lowdown: Midfielder wanted

With the St. James’ Park faithful being linked with the likes of Aston Villa’s Marvelous Nakamba and Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard over the past week or so following the completed takeover by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) consortium, it is clear that the new owners want to bring in a new midfield player.

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Where Ward-Prowse ranks in terms of their priorities is not clear at the moment, but it looks as if a midfielder could be brought to the North East in the January transfer window and he certainly ranks highly compared to the aforementioned targets.

The Saints skipper has played more than double the amount of minutes in the top flight as Nakamba and Lingard combined this term.

The Latest: Ward-Prowse eyed

A Tyneside source has now revealed to Football Insider that they will ‘explore the possibility’ of a deal for Ward-Prowse ahead of January.

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He is reportedly a ‘firm target’ for the new owners, despite signing a bumper new contract with Southampton back in August.

The midfield is considered to be as much of a ‘priority’ as the defence is by the Public Investment Fund’s (PIF) transfer advisors, and Ward-Prowse could certainly fit the bill.

The Verdict: Big upgrade

Ward-Prowse would certainly be a big upgrade to what the Magpies currently have as their options in the heart of the midfield.

Described as ‘outstanding’ by Ralph Hasenhuttl for his performances for the Saints last season, he grabbed himself an impressive eight goals and seven assists in the Premier League, far more than the likes of Issac Hayden, Jonjo Shelvey and Sean Longstaff (Whoscored).

Being the captain of his team, Ward-Prowse also offers extra leadership qualities, and being a ‘dead-ball specialist’, he offers a new threat from set pieces too.

Nonetheless, having played in every single minute in the top flight last term, the England international has proven that for all his talent he is an extremely hard-worker too, and thus would get the Toon Army on his side very quickly.

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