According to an evening report by The Daily Mirror, West Ham United are interested in signing Southampton captain James Ward-Prowse this summer.
The Lowdown: Ward-Prowse rumours
Back in January, the Spanish media reported that a number of Premier League clubs, including the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham, were all interested in signing the Saints midfielder this summer, who has been dubbed ‘unbelievable’ by teammate Oriol Romeu.
More recently, Irons insider ExWHUemployee has claimed that the Hammers are expected to make an offer for the England international over the coming months, whilst Spurs transfer chief Fabio Paratici is also keen on making a deal.
The Latest: Irons interested
According to a Wednesday night report by The Daily Mirror, West Ham manager David Moyes is indeed keen to bring Ward-Prowse to the London Stadium this summer.
After his side’s impressive semi-final run in the Europa League, Moyes is looking to strengthen his squad further for another season in Europe, and the Scotsman has identified the Saints midfielder as a stellar addition to his starting XI.
Following the retirement of club legend Mark Noble and with the uncertainty surrounding Tomas Soucek’s future, West Ham are hoping to secure another midfielder ahead of next season.
The Verdict: Great signing
Hailed by Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola as ‘the best free-kick taker’ he has ever seen, Ward-Prowse would certainly fit Moyes’ system, as the Irons could utilise a set-piece specialist to target the likes of Michail Antonio and Soucek – if he stays – in the box.
Will Ward-Prowse join West Ham this summer?
As per FB Ref, when compared with positional peers across Europe over the past year, the 27-year-old ranks in the 92nd percentile for expected assists and in the 90th percentile for shot-creating actions, the type of creativity any manager would love to have.
Therefore, if utilised correctly, Ward-Prowse could be a fantastic signing for Moyes, who is in need of additions after a dismal January window.
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