Things could get hectic at Southampton ahead of deadline day with manager Mark Hughes still looking to make signings.
The former Stoke City boss, however, will have to offload some players first (via Daily Mail) before any more new faces are able to arrive at St. Mary’s.
And one name who could be sacrificed is James Ward-Prowse.
According to the Daily Mail, Watford have made a £10m bid for the English midfielder, although it is unclear whether Southampton are considering the offer or not.
Southampton are in desperate need of reinforcements up front given Guido Carrillo’s loan move to Leganes and the unreliability of current strikers Charlie Austin, Manolo Gabbiadini and Shane Long.
That being said, Hughes should look to generate funds elsewhere rather than entertain Watford’s offer for Ward-Prowse.
£16.2m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Ward-Prowse is one of the Saints’ more creative players in a team that currently looks deprived of them, especially considering Dusan Tadic left earlier in the window for Ajax.
Mohamed Elyounoussi was, of course, brought in as a replacement. But other than the Norwegian, Ward-Prowse is really the only other individual in Southampton’s squad capable of fashioning out chances.
Should Nathan Redmond be able to find some form again or Hughes manage to acquire a creative player before the transfer market closes, things could be a different story.
But, as things stand, Southampton could really do with Ward-Prowse’s range of passing and ability from dead-ball situations. Hughes must keep faith in the 23-year-old.