Hammers make opening bid for midfielder



West Ham have been reported as having made an opening bid of £25 million for Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse.

It is believed the Saints had a £40 million tag attached to the midfielder who was part of last season’s relegated club.

According to The Telegraph, which has good contacts with the Irons board, the 28 year old will be allowed to move on  as new manager Russell Martin shapes a squad for a quick Premier League return.

He is a player who very much fits the Moyes desire to use set pieces as a major goal scoring weapon and is seen by some as being in the David Beckham  category in that area of the game.

He has been at Southampton for his entire career and played 11 seasons in the Premier League with them before their relegation last season. Clubs were looking at him before he committed to a new deal at St Mary’s in 2021.

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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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  • westdanman says:

    We have to start somewhere in an opening bid , but is this a case of the board telling us at the end of the day that we tried to get players through the door with bids before the end of the window??

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