Southampton are ‘not expecting a bid’ from Aston Villa for James Ward-Prowse this summer, according to talkSPORT’s transfer expert Alex Crook.
Reports on Sunday linked Villa with a move for the star midfielder after a brilliant season with the Saints.
The 26-year-old scored eight goals and added seven assists in the Premier League, form that saw him in contention for a place at Euro 2020.
He was named in Gareth Southgate’s 33-man provisional squad, but was one of the unlucky seven to miss out.
Ward-Prowse is on standby for a call-up and will be fighting with Jesse Lingard to replace Trent Alexander-Arnold, who has been ruled out of the tournament with a thigh injury, in the squad.
The midfielder’s set-piece prowess makes him an attractive prospect to suitors in the Premier League.
The England international has four years still to run on his contract after penning a five-year deal last summer.
Southampton will not be willing to let him leave, though.
Crook reports the Saints ‘are not expecting’ a bid from their Premier League rivals ‘nor would they entertain one’.
Ralph Hassenhuttl’s side finished 15th in the top flight last season despite a strong start that saw them top the table.
For Ward-Prowse, it looks as though his summer will consist of watching England play at the Euros and be involved in speculation over his future.
But talkSPORT host Jamie O’Hara believes he should be in that England squad as a replacement for Alexander-Arnold.
“He’s one of the best set piece takers in the world,” O’Hara said. “I can’t believe you’re not taking him because when there’s 20 minutes left, or is going to extra-time, and you think there’s nothing happening and can’t open teams up, what do you do?
“Jack Grealish wins a foul, Ward-Prowse comes on for 20 minutes, bends one in the top corner and you win 1-0.
“I could almost accept it with Trent, because he can take free-kicks, but he’s not on that level and we’re light in midfield. Ward-Prowse is a decent midfielder.”