Hammers to use Downes as Ward-Prowse bait



West Ham boss David Moyes is reported to be stepping up his chase for Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse.

And according to The Guardian’s Jacob Steinberg he could be prepared to use Flynn Downes as a bargaining tool by letting the midfielder move in the opposite direction

Ward-Prowse has been linked with the Hammers since the transfer window opened and it now seems that the set piece specialist is moving closer to an East London move. Steinberg claims that the midfielder would cost a minimum of £40 million although that could be reduced to £25 million plus Downes if all goes well.

West Ham want two midfielders after selling Declan Rice and Moyes is keen to bring in players with Premier League experience. The Hammers boss is a fan of the 28-year-old’s set-piece expertise from which the team score so many of their goals. It is understood Ward-Prowse is interested in the move, although West Ham are yet to submit a bid.

Fulham are also interested in Ward-Prowse, who has 11 England caps, but West Ham could boost their chances of signing him by sending Downes to Southampton. The former Swansea player has made little impact since leaving Swansea last summer but the midfielder has admirers at Southampton.

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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:

    Not sure I am excited about this – prefer a straight deal for Downes to Southampton. The two players I think I would like us to sign are Alvarez and Fofana. I think that’s who the bee DOF wants but Moyes wont have it !!!!!!!!!@

  • Hammers in the blood 1 says:

    No way should we sell. Downes we would be stupid !

  • Buster says:

    Ward Prowse would be a useful addition to our squad…….. Sending Downes anywhere is a prayer answered.

  • Hammeroo says:

    Typical David Moyes, more interested in players who are more capable of set piece delivery than in players who can deliver in open play. That’s what West Ham have become under his tenure. We can’t score many goals at all from open play but rely on corners, free kicks and penalties. Boring! What about buying players who can play football?

    Moyes would rather buy more defensive players than attacking, and older players rather than young and on the way up. This guy is a dinosaur and if he only has one year left on his contract then maybe he is trying to buy success for one more year with the view to getting another contract rather than set the club up with a promising future.

    It’s about time West Ham looked to the future and show more faith with academy graduates and acquire players on the way up rather than on the way down. Just look at what clubs like Brighton and Brentford have achieved on a small budget. They also have younger, more progressive managers.

  • Tez knows says:

    The red bull model 🤣

  • Pessimist says:

    Why don’t West Ham do something revolutionary. Pay the price Southampton are asking for the Player and I bet we would actually get them. Come on Mr Sullivan stop penny pinching and buy Players.

  • johnham1 says:

    40m for a player who has no resale value !!!! 50m for Pallinha 28 no resale value. I dont believe for one second the board are that stupid to sanction these transfers. Big money on players that are younger is the way to go. Fofana is a great example. I fear something is not what it seems.. I believe there is a real disconnect between board, DOF and Moyes and correctly so if Moyes is adamant on signing players that are close to 30 for ridiculous sums of money. A brilliant opinion on this article too about Moyes fixation with players who are set piece specialists and who contribute very little from open play. Soucek is a telling example. Let’s move away from these type of players..

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