Football rumours from the media


What the papers say

Aston Villa are poised to make a bid for Southampton and England midfielder James Ward-Prowse, The Guardian reports. Dean Smith is keen to further bolster his midfield after the expected arrival of Argentinian Emiliano Buendia from Norwich for a club-record £30million, and the 26-year-old Ward-Prowse makes great appeal for his set-play capabilities. The Daily Mail, however, says Southampton have labelled Ward-Prowse, their captain, not for sale.

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