James-Ward Prowse’s protracted move to West Ham has been one of the summer’s lengthiest transfer sagas, however, a major update on the progress of the deal has broken this morning.
The Saints skipper was left out of the Southampton squad that was turned over 3-1 by League Two outfit Gillingham on Tuesday evening, which suggested something was afoot and now concrete news has emerged concerning his proposed switch to London.
The midfielder has been with Southampton for a 13 years stint, during which he has racked up 410 appearances for the south coast club, scoring 55 times and setting up another 54 goals for his teammates, but now, his long relationship with the Saints looks like coming to an end.
James Ward-Prowse’s transfer to West Ham: latest update
West Ham have already had several offers for Ward-Prowse believed to be in the region of £25m and £27m rebuffed by Southampton, however, numerous outlets have been briefed this morning, confirming that an agreement on a fee for the England international had been reached.
A package believed to be in the region of £30m to £32m has been settled upon by the teams either side of the transaction and James Ward-Prowse’s switch to the capital could even be completed by the weekend.
The set-piece specialist has been on the books at Southampton since 2003 and since making his first team debut in 2011, Ward-Prowse has leathered in 17 goals direct from free kicks in the Premier League, a haul that places him in second spot behind the legendary David Beckham in that department.
Ward-Prowse’s loyalty to Southampton has never been in question, though the Saints’ relegation from the top tier last season looks like being the trigger for a parting of ways.
West Ham finally showing ambition in the transfer market
There had been a great deal of frustration among West Ham supporters about their club’s lack of activity in the transfer market this summer, especially since the Hammers filled their coffers through the £100m+ sale of Declan Rice to Arsenal, however, now it finally looks like the Irons are cranking their recruitment plans into overdrive.
Alongside the capture of James Ward-Prowse, West Ham are close to finalising the signing of Mexican anchorman Edson Alvarez from Ajax.
Elsewhere, West Ham have also reached a breakthrough in their attempts to sign England regular Harry Maguire from Manchester United with the clubs now in agreement on a £30m deal for the towering centre-half.
Maguire is believed to have accepted a considerable salary reduction to move to the capital while other rumours have suggested that David Moyes has tempted the 30-year-old to the London Stadium with the carrot of a potential club captaincy.
West Ham are also considering a follow-up bid for Maguire’s United teammate Scott McTominay. The Londoners had an offer of approximately £30m turned down for the 26-year-old on Monday, though they are weighing up whether to up the ante for the Scotland star.
Manchester City’s interest in West Ham’s Brazilian Lucas Paqueta could force the Irons to firm up their chase for McTominay as gaps start to appear in the team’s midfield.