Dean Jones has claimed Tottenham Hotspur are long-term admirers of Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse but has doubts whether they would be able to complete a transfer this summer.
Ward-Prowse has been an influential figure for the Saints this term, with his nine goals and five assists ranking as one of his most productive Premier League campaigns to date (Transfermarkt).
The England international, 27, has since cropped up on the radar on a handful of sides across the top flight including Tottenham, who have learned of a potential £60million asking price (Daily Star).
The Daily Mail also revealed that Southampton are keen to keep Ward-Prowse beyond this season and will look to resist any offers that could come in for him this summer.
Jones has reiterated Tottenham’s interest in Ward-Prowse, saying Antonio Conte’s side would ‘love’ to sign him, but questioned if the club would draft him in to directly replace current starting midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.
He told GiveMeSport: “Look, Spurs love James Ward-Prowse and they’ve liked him for a long time. I just don’t know if they can get him.
“He probably would be better than [Pierre-Emile] Hojbjerg, but people in that Spurs team would probably tell you Hojbjerg does a job in that team, that he’s under-appreciated, so slightly different players obviously.”
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Southampton are well within their right to try and keep hold of Ward-Prowse considering he is arguably their best and most important player.
But while he has plenty of quality from dead-ball situations, there is something that doesn’t make him a suitable fit for Tottenham in particular, coupled with Southampton’s likely massive valuation.
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