Hammers make formal Ward-Prowse announcement


West Ham United have formally announce the signing of England international James Ward-Prowse. 

 The news came this morning after Claret and Hugh had revealed that he was to become a Hammer last night and that he would start training at Rush Green today (Mon),

The 28-year-old has joined the Hammers from Southampton for an undisclosed fee on a contract until June 2027. 

Ward-Prowse will wear the No7 shirt and has become renowned for his outstanding delivery from set pieces and open play, his passing, shooting, character and leadership qualities. 

With David Moyes looking at set pieces as a Hammers speciality the new midfielder will become a key player in the team as we bid to climb towards the Premier League’s higher levels.

With 343 Premier League appearances for the Saints and a full pre-season under his belt, he arrives fit and ready to play and could make his debut in Sunday’s Premier League fixture with Chelsea at London Stadium. 

“I’m buzzing to be here at West Ham United. It’s great to be here and I’m looking forward to getting going,” said Ward-Prowse, who is West Ham’s second summer signing following Mexico midfielder Edson Álvarez. 

Commenting the new arrival said: “From the outside looking in, this is a Club that has been on the rise for a number of years now and coming off the success in the UEFA Europa Conference League last year, you can feel there is real momentum around this Club. It’s great to be a part of it and I can’t wait to play my role in the games to come.

“When I think about my game, it is based on hard work, graft, and giving 100 per cent. West Ham United has always been a Club that has epitomises that. You can feel that from the fans and you can see it in the players who are here and the lads that have come through the Academy too.

“I feel as though I will fit straight in and I can promise I will give my all for this football Club in my time here.”

Manager David Moyes welcomed the eleven-cap England international and is looking forward to introducing an experienced player with proven Premier League pedigree to his squad. 

He said: “I’m delighted to bring a player of James’ quality and experience to West Ham United.

“He’s performed to a very high level in the Premier League over the last decade, constantly producing good numbers season after season.

“His leadership qualities are obviously another huge plus for us – he’ll be a big voice for us, someone who drives the team on from the middle of the pitch.

“We’re excited to get him up and running, for what will be another busy season on both the domestic and European front.”

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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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  • dirk says:

    Excellent signing IMO. Our midfield is beginning to take shape well, with Ward-Prowse, Álvarez and Soucek in the middle of the park. Push Formals out to the left, Bowen up top, put Cornet on the right, and then relegate Benrhama and Antonio to the bench. Finally, Invest the Pacqueta money well, and we will have the makings of a really good side.

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