Tom Barclay has claimed Southampton do not plan on selling James Ward-Prowse this summer, with Tottenham thought to be hold an interest in the midfielder.
England international Ward-Prowse has impressed for the Saints this term and has put his name in the hat to make Gareth Southgate’s final World Cup squad.
But his displays have caught the attention of clubs across the Premier League, with the Daily Mail claiming Tottenham and Newcastle are interested in signing the 27-year-old.
The same report also mentioned that Southampton plan to keep captain Ward-Prowse at St Mary’s despite the speculation and will not listen to any offers that could come their way.
And The Sun journalist Barclay has also understood Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side will do all they can to keep Ward-Prowse, while a potential transfer would set a club back a large chunk of their transfer budget.
Barclay told GiveMeSport: “If that’s going to happen in any way, then the club buying him is going to have to spend a lot of money.
“There was a report recently in the Mail about how they don’t want to sell him and want to keep him. That’s correct, from what I’ve heard. They don’t want to let him go, so it’s one to watch.”
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Ward-Prowse has been enjoying a productive season with Southampton and has emerged as one of the Premier League’s more reliable midfielders.
For any club, he’d be a good option to bring in for his quality from set-pieces, but there are other parts of his game that are slightly lacking.
In terms of Tottenham, he may not exactly be the best profile to bring in – especially with Southampton so intent on keeping him.
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