Reported Tottenham transfer target James Ward-Prowse ‘didn’t even consider’ leaving Southampton to join another Premier League club, according to teammate and midfielder partner Oriol Romeu.
Romeu said he ‘never expected’ club captain Ward-Prowse to leave this transfer window because he ‘loves the club’.
The Telegraph reported that Tottenham, alongside Aston Villa, were ‘after’ Ward-Prowse and preparing moves to sign the midfielder.
The potential deal would have seen Ward-Prowse link up with former midfield partner Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in North London.
However, Villa went further than Tottenham with their interest as they reportedly submitted a £25m bid for the midfielder but it was swiftly rejected by the Saints.
It was no surprise that the deal was turned down, given that Southampton reportedly valued the 26-year-old at £50m.
The saga was put to an end after Ward-Prowse signed a new long-term deal with the club.
Despite the interest elsewhere, Rumeu stated he was always certain that the 26-year-old was going to remain at the club.
He said: “If you want me to be honest, I never expected Prowsey to go anywhere.
“He belongs to the club and the club belongs to him. It is the perfect relationship. He has been here since a kid and he improves his game still, even as the leader.
“I knew about the rumours, I knew about the clubs that were linked but I just didn’t see that happening at all.
“(James) didn’t even consider any of those options. He loves it here. The fact he is staying here for a long time is great news for everyone.”
Ward-Prowse would have been a tidy addition to any Premier League side. He’s a great midfielder so it is no surprise that Southampton wanted £50m.
What was a surprise is that he signed a new contract with the Saints which effectively fends off any potential signing unless a huge fee comes in.
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