James Ward-Prowse next club odds: Newcastle the new leaders ahead of Spurs and West Ham in race for Saints midfielder | The Sun

NEWCASTLE are the new favourites to sign Southampton's free-kick king James Ward-Prowse.

Sky Bet are currently offering 7/4 odds for the midfielder to sign for Eddie Howe's men, with Tottenham and West Ham among the other sides linked.


Ward-Prowse has spent his entire career playing for Southampton, having signed for them initially as an 8-year-old in 2003.

Since then he has amassed over 360 appearances for the club and was made club captain in 2020.

The 27-year-old holds the record for the second most goals scored direct from free-kicks in the Premier League, behind only David Beckham.

Newcastle have been announced as the new favourites to sign the midfielder as the Magpies bid for a challenge at the European places next season.

Eddie Howe will be looking to strengthen his central midfielders and it's thought Ward-Prowse's signing would be an upgrade on the likes of Isaac Hayden, Joe Willock, Sean Longstaff, and arguably Jonjo Shelvey.

James Ward-Prowse next club odds

Sky Bet odds

  • Newcastle – 7/4
  • Tottenham – 4/1
  • West Ham – 10/1
  • Manchester United – 12/1
  • Aston Villa – 25/1



Tottenham are currently looking to bolster up their midfield options this summer as they hope to improve on this season, which is currently looking likely to end without a Champions League spot for next season.

Spurs managed to finish the season with four wins in their last five games which ensured a fourth place finish and secure Champions League football at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for the first time in three years.

With Spurs disappointing in Europe last season, having failed to reach the Europa Conference League knockout stage, Conte will be desperate to build a squad that can challenge in the business end of competitions, and Ward-Prowse could be part of those plans.

West Ham are being priced at 10/1 to sign the midfielder, who David Moyes like to see partner Declan Rice in midfield after the retirement of club captain Mark Noble.

Last season, Tomas Soucek didn't quite live up to his standards that he'd set the season before, and with the Hammers being known for their set piece threat, it could be a great fit for Ward-Prowse.

Manchester United are also thought to like the idea of bringing Ward-Prowse to Old Trafford.

United are set to go through something of a rebuild this summer, with new manager Erik ten Hag taking the reins from Ralf Rangnick at the end of the season.

The Red Devils had to settle for a sixth place finish last season, and having not made it past the fourth round of either domestic cup or the second round of the Champions League, ten Hag will be desperate to strengthen the side ahead of next season.

United are light of central midfielders for next year, with thedepartures of Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic leaving just Scott McTominay and Fred and the returning loanees of Donny van de Beek and Andreas Pereira, whose futures both remain unclear.

Legendary Premier League central midfielder Steven Gerrard, Aston Villa manager, also appears to like what he sees in James Ward-Prowse and Sky Bet are pricing a move to Villa Park for the midfielder at 25/1.




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