'Embarrassing': Some Aston Villa fans think their club has just pulled off a 'ridiculous' transfer stunt
Aston Villa fans have reacted to the report claiming their club has bid £25million for James Ward-Prowse.
And quite a few Villans supporters aren’t impressed with their own club for reportedly making such a “ridiculous” bid.
According to The Athletic, Southampton have rejected the “derisory” £25million offer.
However, Villa are apparently expected to make a second offer for the Saints captain.
Southampton are apparently reluctant to sell their captain to a direct rival in the Premier League.
Ward-Prowse, their most prized asset, signed a new contract just last year, reportedly worth £75,000-a-week.
Villa are looking to further strengthen their ranks this summer, having already signed Emiliano Buendia and Ashley Young.
And all this is happening in wake of Jack Grealish’s uncertain future amid links with Manchester City.
However, £25million for a player of Ward-Prowse’s quality is certainly way off the mark.
And some Villa fans feel embarrassed about their own club for reportedly pulling off such a stunt.
Stop lowballing these offers for people like ESR and JWP. £25 million is rude to Southampton #avfc— Niall (@NiallBowes) July 30, 2021
In other news, would love us step up our bids for JWP and Leon Bailey. Personally think £25m is pretty disrespectful. The guy is a class act. The bidding should start at least £40m #avfc https://t.co/z6kgZ1iXny— Chris Bedworth (@AVFCBedders) July 30, 2021
£25m for ESR, now £25m for JWP. Both bids seen as way too low. What are we doing trying to pick up bargains on established PL players. Never happening. Feels like a waste of time. #avfc https://t.co/ZFqeRKHMzj— Chrsmo (@Chrsmo) July 30, 2021
If we have genuinley offered £25m for JWP, Purslow/Lange have been nothing short of poor this window. That bid is SO disrespectful, and does nothing but waste even more of our time, disappointing #avfc #saints— Villafan (@Villafan8292) July 30, 2021
Ridiculous starting offer but hopefully that means we aren’t willing to get anywhere near what Saints would want. Shouldn’t be going anywhere near PL market imo. Players like JWP, McNeil not worth anything like what their clubs would ask. #avfc https://t.co/LpRvZWxJXQ— The Morning Son (@Chris_AVFC1983) July 30, 2021
£25m bid for JWP is embarrassing btw— Mylooo! (@MyloAVFC) July 30, 2021
Ward-Prowse is a talented midfielder who has enjoyed an upward career trajectory in recent years.
As well as becoming Southampton’s captain, he has also broken into the England squad.
Indeed, Gareth Southgate’s decision not to include him in the Euro 2020 squad proved controversial.