June 20, 2024

West Ham United likely to agree transfers for James Ward-Prowse and Harvey Barnes

West Ham United are likely to agree deals for England internationals Harvey Barnes and James Ward-Prowse later this summer, according to the Daily Mail.

David Moyes is set to have a sizeable war chest for the summer transfer window, with Declan Rice expected to be sold for a fee in the region of £100million.

Writing in his Transfer Confidential for the Daily Mail (12 June), journalist Simon Jones shared that the 24-year-old’s departure would play a sizeable role in the targets of the club this summer.

 

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He wrote: “West Ham’s recruitment department are still going over plans and deals for prospective targets such as James Ward-Prowse and Harvey Barnes are likely to be agreed later in the summer.”

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With Rice looking ever more likely to leave the London Stadium this summer, Moyes will have his eyes firmly set on bolstering his first-team squad in numerous areas.

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Ward-Prowse looks like the most likely replacement for the 24-year-old in the middle of the park, with his goals, but almost as importantly, his set-piece quality, likely to send chins wagging within the West Ham ranks.

The Hammers have been strong from set pieces over the last two seasons, with the likes of Tomas Soucek, Kurt Zouma and Angelo Ogbonna all huge presences in the air.

Further up the pitch, both Manuel Lanzini and Pablo Fornals need replacing sooner rather than later, and Harvey Barnes ticks a lot of boxes for a potential signing.

In a Leicester City side who were relegated to the Championship, the England winger still managed to net 13 Premier League goals, ending up as the club’s top goalscorer.

The one sticking point for West Ham United in regard to both relegated players is the hefty price tags that Southampton and Leicester City will demand.

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