West Ham Ward-Prowse talks update



Southampton are continuing to insist that James-Ward Prowse will remain at the club unless they receive a bid close to £40 million.

The midfielder is keen on a move to the Hammers but beyond the transfer fee the player is understood to want personal terms in excess of £100,00 a week which could well be too rich for the West Ham blood.

It means – were the Irons to agree terms on the fee and personal terms wanted over a four year contract – they would be paying  around £60 million for the 28 year old,

Like Harry Maguire, the player would have little sell on value at the age of 32 which is why the Hammers are doing what they can to reach a compromise on the fee initially.

We understand that David Moyes has made it clear that he is only interested in bringing in Premier League proven players which suggests technical director Tim Steidten’s hands may be tied.

In the meantime we understand that the manager is continuing to use Rob Newman as a head of recruitment with the club explaining that he is still on board.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • johnham1 says:

    We needed at least 3 star quality signings this summer. A defensive mid, an 8 and possibly a 10 but no we are being linked with has been over priced players. I watched our game against Rennes, do you know that Paqueta put more tackles in than either Downes or Soucek. We need a 4 who will tackle and an 8 who will go box to box Ward Prowse is neither. Get Moyes out the door before it’s too late. Let’s sign quality hungry players. Wake up Moyes and grow up.

  • Mr Buddy Lurve says:

    £100k per week, £25m is the right level, for sure. Let’s not forget that he presided over a relegated club. If he/they want more, then enjoy Championship football. I’d rather stick with Downes alongside Paqueta and Fornals in the middle, with Bennie & Bowen on the wings and Mubama up front.

    Although someone has to tell the boy that football is played on your feet, not on the ground…

  • westhamsteve says:

    Leave him in the Championship-no way is he worth £40m,especially at 28 years old and apart from free kicks,he’s not that much of an asset.

  • Austrick says:

    40 million, 60 million?
    25 max.
    Please don’t bid anymore than that. That’s a quarter of the Dec money for a free-kicker.
    What else would he bring? Apart from his golf clubs? lol
    A Nay from me.

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