Watord have tabled a £10million bid for Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse ahead of deadline day, according to the Sun.
The newspaper claim Hornets boss Javi Garcia has made late attempt to reinforce his squad before the window for Premier League signings shuts on Thursday evening.
The Sun report Watford are waiting to hear back from Southampton manager Mark Hughes as to whether he is willing to cash in on the 23-year-old.
Good move for Southampton?
Not really. Ward-Prowse is not a nailed-on starter at the Saints but he is an England international who has played 205 times for the club, including on 167 occasions in the Premier League. Hughes says his summer spending is over after shelling out £51milllion on Stuart Armstrong, Mohamed Elyounoussi, Angus Gunn and Jannik Vestergaard, and it would not go down well with Southampton fans if the immensely popular academy product was sold to a direct rival on the eve of the new season. Moreover, £10million is a piffling offer for a player who is yet to enter his peak years and has the versatility to thrive in a number of roles. Some would claim that the eight-figure sum would not even buy Ward-Prowse’s free-kicks.
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Likely to happen?
Not for £10million, but don’t be surprised if Southampton cash in if Watford come back with an offer closer to their valuation. Hughes has made it clear there will be no more incomings, but suggested a few players could leave.
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