Journalist Alasdair Gold has claimed that Tottenham Hotspur nearly signed James Ward-Prowse in the past amid some current transfer interest.
In recent times, the Southampton midfielder has been linked with a move away from the south coast. Indeed, West Ham United are said to have an interest in the player, while Gold now claims that Spurs have been looking at him as a homegrown option in case Harry Winks leaves the club this summer.
The journalist explained as much in an article with football.london, while he also claimed that Ward-Prowse was very nearly made a Tottenham signing three years ago, only for the club to pull out of the deal.
Gold explained: “Spurs have also been looking at potential homegrown candidates to replace Winks such as Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse and Leeds star Kalvin Phillips. football.london understands that Tottenham had all but agreed a move for Ward-Prowse three years ago but did not pull the trigger and now he is worth more than four times as much.”
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Considering Tottenham held a past interest in the midfielder, it’s no shock to see him linked with the Premier League club again this summer – especially if they want the Englishman as a homegrown replacement for Winks, who looks set to leave in the near future.
Of course, Ward-Prowse is a pretty handy player, too. Indeed, he has 10 caps for the Three Lions, while he is the Southampton captain and scored 10 goals from the middle of the park for them last term.
Gold doesn’t explain why his past move to Spurs fell through, but he is right in pointing out that the player will cost a pretty penny if he was to join now. Only time will tell if Daniel Levy is ready to bite the bullet on a high transfer fee – which could be as much as £75m, according to a report in The Sun.