Moyes will need to find £70 million for midfielder


James Ward-Prowse could well cost the Hammers around £70 million should David Moyes remain fixed on the Southampton captain,

The central midfielder signed his last deal with the south coast club only last year and is now contracted to Saints for another four years.

He remains as important to the club as Declan Rice is to the Irons and when Spurs went in for him they were understood to have been quoted around the £70 million.

Moyes is believed to have made him the 27 year old a key target but he is going to come far from cheap.

The buzz on the media grapevine is that the Hammers boss has ruled out a bid for for an expensive striker.

It has been suggested that  he sees central defender Nayef Aguerd as his priority signing although Ward-Prowse would dwarf that fee by more than double the £30 million we are said to be paying for the Rennes midfielder  who is believed to be completing his medical at West Ham today (Friday).

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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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  • Plaistowiron says:

    Isn’t aguerd a defender?

  • eastendexile says:

    Forget him and Lingard, we need strikers first and foremost, assuming we get our ‘Moyes marquee’ signing and keeper sorted.
    Whilst Ward – Price is an excellent dead ball specialist , but 70 million?, we have midfielders, but no real threat up front.
    Mr Moyes if it’s true, should forget his fixation for certain players both here already and to bring in, and concentrate on getting the positions filled that we all know we need.

  • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

    I don’t think this will be a surprise to Moyes, he wants £100m for Bowen and £150m for Rice so £70m is small potatoes in comparison isn’t it ?

  • hammerpete6 says:

    Apparently he has a four year contract? So they won’t sell cheap, if at all, could this be more smoke? Meanwhile, Liverpool, Spuds, Villa and Leeds have all made signings. All over the place.

  • Bella100 says:

    We should never of sold Josh Cullen……
    Another Moyes clanger by releasing young players

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