Southampton says James Ward-Prowse is NOT for sale with Aston Villa making plan for Saints captain

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Southampton insist James Ward-Prowse is NOT for sale as Aston Villa are plotting a transfer for the Saints captain after agreeing a club record £40million for Norwich’s Emiliano Buendia

  • Villa ready to beat Arsenal in the race for the signature of Norwich star Buendiadia
  • And Dean Smith’s side reportedly wants to sign James Ward-Prowse too
  • But Southampton has labeled their captain ‘not for sale’ amid Villa’s interest
  • The Saints star is currently on England’s six-player reserve list for Euro 2020
  • Set-piece king Ward-Prowse can be summoned to Trent Alexander-Arnold. to replace

Southampton have labeled James Ward-Prowse as not for sale due to Aston Villa’s interest in their captaincy.

Ambitious Villa is plotting a transfer for England midfielder Ward-Prowse as a follow-up to their club-record attack on Norwich’s Argentine midfielder Emi Buendia.

Villa has signaled their intent in the transfer market by outbidding Arsenal and are poised to complete the takeover of Buendia in a deal worth around £35million.

Southampton has labeled captain James Ward-Prowse 'not for sale' amid Aston Villa interest

Southampton has labeled captain James Ward-Prowse ‘not for sale’ amid Aston Villa interest

The West Midlands side are close to confirming the capture of Norwich star Emiliano Buendia

The West Midlands side are close to confirming the capture of Norwich star Emiliano Buendia

The West Midlands side are close to confirming the capture of Norwich star Emiliano Buendia

A move for set-piece specialist Ward-Prowse would be equally daring and while Villa plans to test their rivals’ determination in the coming week, the heads of St Mary’s have no intention of letting their 26-year-old skipper let go.

Southampton tied Ward-Prowse to a new five-year deal last summer, and he has made more than 300 appearances for Southampton since coming out of their academy, establishing himself as a banner for their academy.

He underlined his value to the club by playing every minute of their Premier League season for the second campaign in a row and enjoying his best season in front of goal in 2020/21, scoring nine goals and scoring eight more .

Villa boss Dean Smith (pictured) is said to be impressed by the Saints star's set-piece skill

Villa boss Dean Smith (pictured) is said to be impressed by the Saints star's set-piece skill

Villa boss Dean Smith (pictured) is said to be impressed by the Saints star’s set-piece skill

But Saints wants to keep the 26-year-old midfielder, who signed a new five-year contract last summer

But Saints wants to keep the 26-year-old midfielder, who signed a new five-year contract last summer

But Saints wants to keep the 26-year-old midfielder, who signed a new five-year contract last summer

The English midfielder, who appeared in his country’s first warm-up match for the Euro 2020 against Austria on Wednesday, was left out of the 26-man squad but was named by manager Gareth Southgate as one of six backup players.

He hopes to be called up as the injury replacement for Trent Alexander-Arnold, who will be announced on Sunday after England’s second and final friendly before the tournament against Romania.

Seven-cap international Ward-Prowse, who scored his first international goal in March against San Marino in a 5-0 win in World Cup qualifiers, could play in that match.

The seven-cap midfielder is hoping to be called up by England for Trent Alexander-Arnold .  to replace

The seven-cap midfielder is hoping to be called up by England for Trent Alexander-Arnold .  to replace

The seven-cap midfielder is hoping to be called up by England for Trent Alexander-Arnold . to replace

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