Aston Villa fans react as club linked with move for Southampton star
Aston Villa are set to make a move for Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse, during the summer transfer window, according to the Guardian reports.
The Villans are ramping up their attempts to sign new players. Over the weekend, they agreed to a club-record deal for Norwich star Emi Buendia.
Dean Smith has now turned his attentions to the engine room and a move for the Saints and England ace.
Ward-Prowse is on the back of a stunning campaign with Southampton. He fired nine goals and registered seven assists for his team, despite a season of struggle.
The Saints man scored five direct free-kicks during 2020/21 and is renowned as a dead-ball specialist in the Premier League.
Losing their £75,000-a-week captain would be a devastating blow for Southampton and with that in mind, it would be a huge coup for Villa.
Ward-Prowse has 269 Premier League appearances to his name and seven England caps.
The England man fits the profile of a Villa signing nicely. Smith opted to sign hungry British stars last summer and as a result, they enjoyed a better campaign.
Ward-Prowse to Aston Villa: A longshot to say the least
The midfielder has a contract until 2025 but it’s fair to say Villa have lofty ambitions that exceed those of Southampton.
Despite that, Hasenhuttl won’t want to lose his captain to a divisional rival and especially one they’ll have ambitions of competing with.
It is thought that the Saints want to keep hold of their player and will reject any advances for Ward-Prowse.
That hasn’t stopped Villa fans from discussing a potential signing on Twitter and plenty seem keen for him to arrive.
Here is what the fan base had to say on the back of yesterday’s rumour which began to circulate among various outlets.
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