The England international is one target David Moyes is currently eyeing ahead of the new season.
What is the latest news involving Ward-Prowse?
According to Claret & Hugh, West Ham will have to pay Southampton £70m if they want to sign Ward-Prowse this summer.
The website claims that Tottenham have gone in for the 27-year-old before and when they did, they were quoted the above figure.
Prior, the Daily Star reported Ward-Prowse would cost £60m, so it will be interesting to see how much he goes for if he does decide to leave St Mary’s in the current window.
£60m-£70m is obviously a lot of money, but Ward-Prowse is so important for Southampton, scoring 10 league goals last season.
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What has O’Rourke said about Ward-Prowse?
O’Rourke thinks everyone at West Ham would be happy with the signing of Ward-Prowse.
Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, the journalist said: “He’s a top professional, Ward-Prowse. He’s been very loyal to Southampton and he’s been a top midfielder in the Premier League for a number of years now, not just for his goals but with his overall displays as well.
“So if West Ham were able to pull off a deal for someone like James Ward-Prowse, it would be a brilliant deal for everybody connected with the club.”
Is Ward-Prowse worth £70m?
Probably to Southampton but it is has hard to imagine West Ham or any other club spending that kind of money on him.
While Ward-Prowse is obviously deadly from set-pieces, scoring a total of four free-kicks in the Premier League last term, does his all-round game warrant the Hammers dropping £70m on him? You would have to say no, especially with Moyes needing to strengthen other areas of the squad.
Reports suggest that the Scotsman is targeting Chelsea striker Armando Broja in a potential £30m deal, while he has already brought defender Nayef Aguerd to the London Stadium for the same price. Based on all of that, it would be a shock if West Ham can find £70m now to spend on one player.
By no means does the above imply Ward-Prowse should not be on the east London club’s radar; his Premier League experience alone would make him a very good signing. However, for £70m, it does not make much sense.