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Tottenham hot new roadblock in their pursuit of relegated midfield maestro

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James Ward Prowse to Tottenham could be complicated due to the absence of a relegation clause.

James Ward Prowse to Tottenham could be complicated due to the absence of a relegation clause

According to The Daily Mail, James Ward Prowse to Tottenham Hotspur could be complicated due to the absence of a relegation clause in his contract.

Following Southampton’s relegation to the Championship, Ward-Prowse’s future at St Mary’s seems uncertain. The Saints suffered a disappointing defeat against Fulham, sealing their fate in the lower division.

As news of their captain’s availability spreads, several Premier League clubs, including Tottenham, West Ham United, and Aston Villa, have reportedly shown interest in acquiring the talented midfielder.

However, the lack of a relegation clause in James Ward-Prowse‘s contract gives Southampton the upper hand in any potential negotiations. This stance is understandable considering the years of dedicated service Ward-Prowse has provided to the club.

Last year, Aston Villa made a bid of £25 million for the England international, which was promptly turned down by Southampton. The club still values their captain higher than that figure, highlighting their determination to receive a fee that matches their assessment of his worth.

Ward-Prowse’s exceptional set-piece ability, leadership qualities, and all-round midfield prowess have caught the attention of many top-flight teams, and it is no surprise that his price tag is considered substantial.

James Ward Prowse to Tottenham could be complicated due to the absence of a relegation clause.
Tottenham Hotspur want Southampton midfielder James Ward Prowse. (imago Images)

Despite Southampton’s stance, it is unlikely that the club would impede Ward-Prowse’s desire to seek new challenges and further his career elsewhere. Expecting a player of his ability to play in the second division does not make any sense.

For Tottenham, the pursuit of Ward-Prowse would bring significant benefits to their midfield. The 28-year-old’s technical ability, passing range, and dead-ball expertise could greatly enhance Spurs’ creativity and goal-scoring potential.

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It remains to be seen whether Tottenham’s interest in the player will result in a successful transfer or if other clubs, such as West Ham United and Aston Villa, will present more tempting offers. This could be one to watch out for. Let’s see.

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