Aston Villa told unlucky England man is ‘not for sale’

Southampton have placed a “not for sale” sign on James Ward-Prowse amid interest from Aston Villa.

Aston Villa told unlucky England man is ‘not for sale’

Aston Villa told unlucky England man is ‘not for sale’

Villa boss Dean Smith is reshaping his midfield this summer and wants Ward-Prowse to follow Norwich’s Argentine midfielder Emi Buendia to Villa Park.

Villa are believed to have agreed a club-record £33m deal for Buendia. And next on Smith’s target list is set-piece king Ward-Prose, according to the Guardian.

The Mail claim Villa will test the resolve of Saints this week, but the paper reports that the south-coast club have no intention in selling the England man.

Saints tied Ward-Prowse to a new five-year deal last summer. He has also played in every single minute of their Premier League season for the second campaign running.

The 26-year-old skipper returned eight goals and seven assists and got very close to England’s Euro 2020 squad. He was named in the 33-man party, but was then omitted by Gareth Southgate, despite playing against Austria and Romania.

The injury to Trent Alexander-Arnold then left the door ajar for a late call-up. Ward-Prowse put in a sterling performance against Romania in the 1-0 win on Sunday. But Southgate, who gave Ward-Prowse a big pat on the back on Sunday after he was substituted, has called up Ben White.

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Ward-Prowse ‘tigerish’ Eight-cap Ward-Prowse can consider himself unlucky not to make the tournament squad.

It wasn’t just his dead-balls which impressed former England striker Ian Wright at Middlesbrough.

Wright hailed his work ethic and tackling ability, pushing the midfielder’s claims on Sunday, he said: “James Ward-Prowse is that midfielder I’m looking at for us.

“He is tigerish getting in and around it. There are not many England players who I have seen in an England shirt getting in and winning balls like he does.”

It will leave Ward-Prowse kicking his heels at home with Villa expected to make a move for him.

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