CandH Exclusive By Dave Langton
David Moyes want to bring James Ward-Prowse from Southampton to the London Stadium this summer.
We have learned that the Hammers are very keen on a move to sign the Saints skipper as David Moyes bids to reshape his squad in this transfer window.
It appears an overhaul is going on with Tomas Soucek being made available and Ward-Prowse been identified as his potential replacement.
As we have reported the Hammers are trying to bring in Jesse Lingard with Said Benrahma being allowed to leave as a result.
The Ward-Prowse deal would be remarkably hard for the Irons to do, though, given that the 27-year-old has a contract until 2026 and is the club’s captain.
Some earlier reports have suggested that he would cost in excess of £70m and a deal to sign him would take a huge chunk out of Moyes’ budget.
The England international enjoyed an exceptional season for Southampton, scoring 10 goals in the Premier League and also laying on five assists.
There has been reported interest from Manchester United, Aston Villa and Spurs in the past, too, so the Hammers may not be the only club trying to convince Ward-Prowse to leave the south coast.