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Newcastle United are prepared to compete with Premier League opponents for Southampton captain James Ward-Prowse this summer, according to a report by Football Insider.
The website reported on Monday this week that Tottenham and Aston Villa are both longtime admirers of the 28-year-old player and are also lining up an offer for the player this summer.
It is considered that Ward-Prowse will be difficult for Southampton to retain if they get relegated to the Championship this season.
The England international might depart St. Mary’s Stadium as part of a fire sale if the Saints are relegated from the Premier League this season.
As the summer transfer window approaches, Premier League clubs have also shown interest in Che Adams, Mohamed Salisu, and Romeo Lavia.
Ward-Prowse Move on the Cards for Magpies and Rivals
Ward-Prowse became the Saints’ all-time Premier League appearances leader (330) after beginning Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Leicester (4 March).
The free kick dynamo has played every minute of Premier League action for his club this season, scoring six goals and registering two assists.
The set-piece specialist reportedly makes £100,000 per week at Southampton, where his contract is slated to expire in June 2026.
In addition to Newcastle’s interest, Spurs are the other party most strongly linked with Ward-Prowse.
Tottenham have been left without depth by the recent injuries to midfielders Yves Bissouma and Rodrigo Bentancur.
The absences of those midfielders has coincided with the club enduring a rough patch of form. The side lost out to Championship contenders Sheffield United in the FA Cup while they were defeated by Wolves in the Premier League at the weekend.
Last night saw Antonio Conte’s side suffer another setback, this time in the Champions League. With a goa, advantage, AC Milan travelled to Hotspur Stadium and came away with a 0-0 draw to progress to the quarter-final stage and dump out Spurs.
Newcastle Aim to Strengthen Midfield this Summer
In an effort to emerge into England’s elite and secure European football in the upcoming seasons, Newcastle are ratcheting up preparations for a massive transfer window.
The Magpies are also attempting to sign outstanding midfielder Bruno Guimaraes to a new long-term contract, and have initiated negotiations for a deal worth over £100,000 per week.
Football Insider reported on February 13 that Newcastle has set aside substantial cash to sign a box-office partner for Guimares this summer.
With 14 games remaining in 2022-23, Eddie Howe’s squad is sixth in the Premier League standings.
The side’s form has recently stuttered as they attempt to secure Champions League football ahead of next season.
The side look set to compete with Spurs and Liverpool for one of the top four spots in the English top-flight in the run in to the end of the season.
While Spurs are also going through a steep drop in form at a vital time, Liverpool look to be the form team to secure elite European competition next season.
The side’s 7-0 destruction of rivals Man United at the weekend put down a major marker to their rivals in the race for Europe. They could well carry on their momentum to see off the challenges of Newcastle and Spurs.