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West Ham United Identify This Deadly Southampton Midfielder As A Target: Decent Option For Moyes?

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Abhinab Ghosh
A 26-year-old sports writer and an aspiring football coach who has road-tripped across the Scottish Highlands, but has never been to Wales. Sucker for cliff-hangers and catchy riffs. Known to be a grunger and not to be a stranger.

In a recent report, The Evening Standard revealed that West Ham United have identified Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse for a potential move. It has been claimed that the Hammers are eyeing a move to sign the English midfield ace if they lose Declan Rice this summer.

Ward-Prowse’s Decent Numbers At Southampton

Ward-Prowse had a tough campaign at the St. Mary’s Stadium but has produced a string of decent displays for the Saints in the middle of the park. The 28-year-old failed to save Southampton from getting relegated in the 2022-23 Premier League season but has done well to register ten goals and four assists in 43 matches across multiple competitions.

The English talent has given a good account of himself at the centre of the park by averaging 1.7 tackles, 1.4 interceptions, 1.2 clearances, 1.1 shots and 2.0 key passes per 90 minutes in Premier League football. He has even taken care of the ball when distributing possession from midfield after making 85.3% of his attempted passes in the English first division (stats via whoscored).

His current contract at Southampton is set to run out in the summer of 2026. However, following the Saints’ relegation, West Ham United might have a good chance of snapping him up during this summer transfer period.

James Ward-Prowse
SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – MAY 13: James Ward-Prowse of Southampton applauds the fans after the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Fulham FC at Friends Provident St. Mary’s Stadium on May 13, 2023 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)

Is Ward-Prowse A Decent Option For West Ham United?

Ward-Prowse is a solid tackler of the ball and can time his challenges well to earn possession back for his team in midfield. He is usually quick to spot the danger and doesn’t mind clearing his lines when needed.

The English sensation is a set-piece specialist who can deliver some quality crosses into the opponent’s penalty box. He can also strike the ball with venom and precision from long range.

Hence, Ward-Prowse would be a good option for the Hammers to consider during this summer transfer period. At 28, he has playing in his prime and is well-equipped to make an instant impact at the London Stadium if David Moyes can find a way to bring him to the East London club.

With all things considered, Ward-Prowse would be a brilliant signing for West Ham to pull off this summer as he will be an ideal replacement for Declan Rice who could leave the club at the end of this season.

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