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West Ham sign James Ward-Prowse for £30m

West Ham United have signed set-piece specialist James Ward-Prowse from Southampton for £30 million.

Manager Moyes was keen on the 28-year-old and pushed for him despite some reported disputes between himself, sporting director Tim Steidten and chairman David Sullivan over his target list.

Ward-Prowse has signed for West Ham after ending his 20-year association with Southampton.

He progressed through the Saints’ youth ranks before debuting for the senior team in the 2011/12 campaign. 

The Portsmouth-born midfielder has since made 410 appearances for the club, bagging 55 goals and 54 assists.

He has also become an England international, scoring twice in 11 appearances/

Ward-Prowse said (via West Ham’s official website): “I’m buzzing to be here at West Ham United. It’s great to be here, and I’m looking forward to getting going.

“From the outside looking in, this is a club that has been on the rise for a number of years now.

“Coming off the success in the UEFA Europa Conference League last year, you can feel there is real momentum around this club. 

“It’s great to be a part of it, and I can’t wait to play my role in the games to come.

“I feel as though I will fit straight in, and I can promise I will give my all for this football club in my time here.”

Moyes also expressed delight after getting his man. He hailed Ward-Prowse’s experience in the Premier League and his leadership qualities.

The midfielder becomes West Ham’s second summer signing following the acquisition of Edson Alvarez from Ajax.

After a slow summer, the Hammers have sprung to life in the transfer market. 

Following the signings of Alvarez and Ward-Prowse, they are in the market for a centre-back, with Moyes keen on Harry Maguire. 

They also want a striker to replace Gianluca Scamacca.

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