Manchester United are being linked with a swoop for Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse as incoming boss Erik ten Hag sees him as the perfect participant to guide the engine room.
Ten Hag is planning huge adjustments at Previous Trafford and midfield is an space that wants consideration. Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard and Nemanja Matic are all set to go away and can want changing. With that in thoughts Ward-Prowse has emerged as an choice.
West Ham’s Declan Rice and Leeds star Kalvin Phillips are additionally targets however could possibly be out of attain.
Rice has usually been seen as United’s primary goal however the switch price is a matter. It stays to be seen how a lot ten Hag must spend however Rice could possibly be an excessive amount of, even for United. The Hammers worth him at £150million.
Phillips has additionally been linked however stories declare he would snub a transfer out of loyalty to Leeds. It means United may now flip to Ward-Prowse to bolster the guts of the midfield.
The 27-year-old has caught the attention for Saints this season and curiosity is hotting up. Tottenham and Newcastle have already been closely linked with a summer season swoop.
Reviews declare Southampton have already issued a hands-off warning to the duo. However combating off curiosity from United could possibly be even tougher.
The prospect to be part of ten Hag’s plans to reestablish United will tempt the midfielder. He has been at Southampton his whole profession and this could possibly be his final likelihood at a giant transfer.
Ward-Prowse is below contract with Saints and can price £75million. That’s half the value of Rice and ten Hag has been given the inexperienced mild to swoop. The participant is claimed to be on £100,000 per week at St Mary’s so wages won’t be a problem both.
Manchester United face competitors
One drawback for United could possibly be reported curiosity from Manchester Metropolis. Pep Guardiola can also be focusing on a brand new holding midfielder. Fernandinho is on the transfer and Ward-Prowse could possibly be a attainable alternative.
Ten Hag will hope to win the day and resolve an issue space that has dogged United for years. Ward-Prowse may also convey objectives to the United facet. Not since David Beckham has the Premier League seen a deadlier participant from free-kicks.
He has scored 10 objectives already this season and 9 the 12 months earlier than. So it’s no fluke and no shock ten Hag needs him in his new-look facet subsequent season.
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