West Ham open talks for Premier League midfielder

  • by Staff Writer
  • Tuesday, 25th July 2023

West Ham have opened talks with Southampton over the potential transfer of midfielder James Ward-Prowse.

The occasional England international was relegated with his current club at the end of last season and is certain to depart St Mary's before the summer transfer window closes.

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Long linked as a transfer target of David Moyes', it was revealed on the KUMB Forum yesterday that talks between the two parties had begun. However the two clubs are currently some way apart in their valuation of the player.

Southampton have slapped a £50million price tag on their star man, who has spent his entire professional career with the Saints. Yet KUMB understand the Hammers opening bid has been approximately half that figure.

West Ham have made several approaches for midfielders this summer with Declan Rice's sale to Arsenal leaving the club with a vast transfer war chest to dip into.

With only 18 days left to go until the beginning of th 2023/24 Premier League campaign, a move for Fulham's Paulinha was called off after the Cottagers refused to budge from their £50million valuation of the player.

Meanwhile interest in Juventus' Denis Zakaria, who spent last season on loan with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge has also been put to one side with the two clubs similarly unable to agree a fee acceptable to both parties.

Interest in Ajax's highly sought after Edson Alvarez is longstanding yet also still to bear fruit, with th Dutch side seeking in the region of £40million for the player.

One deal that is close to completion however is a deal for Manchester City Portuguese forward Carlos Borges.

With a £14million fee reported elsewhere to have been agreed for the 19-year-old , the Premier League champions are happy to sell the rising star - but are likely to insist on a buy-back fee in the region of £60million.

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The Hammers are also considering a double-swoop on Manchester United for central midfielder Scott McTominay and central defender Harry Maguire.

The two British internationals are considered as little more than squad players at Old Trafford and both come with the extensive domestic experience manager Moyes considers essential.

However - once again! - the two clubs' valuation of the pair is some distance apart; while McTominay came through the youth system, Man Utd paid a record £85million for Maguire when signing him from Leicester City and are seeking to recoup in the region of £50million for the England defender.

With regards to potential exits, Michail Antonio could be the latest Premier League star on his way to the Middle East.

Having previously been linked with a move to Turkish Super Lig outfit Galatasaray, Antonio is now subject of interest from Al-Ettifaq in Saudi Arabia.

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