It ends the Midlands club’s hopes of signing Ward-Prowse this summer. However, Hatfield would not be surprised if Dean Smith tried again next year despite the 26-year-old midfielder putting pen to paper on that new deal.
Should Villa try to sign JWP next summer?
“It might be one they revisit next summer, depending on Southampton’s position,” the Express & Star reporter said. “If they were to go down, for example, I think Villa would be very keen on reigniting that interest.”
They will be able to demand a ridiculous fee should Villa come knocking again, the kind of fee that should scare them off.
As for Villa, while they have missed out on the England international in this transfer window, they will be pleased with the business they have managed to complete. Ings, a capable goalscorer, is obviously just one signing that the Villans have made.