TOTTENHAM are currently the favourites to sign Southampton's free-kick king James Ward-Prowse.

Sky Bet are currently offering 4/1 odds for the midfielder to sign for Antonio Conte's men, with Manchester United and Newcastle among the other sides linked.

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Ward-Prowse has spent his entire career playing for Southampton, having signed for them initially as an 8-year-old in 2003.

Since then he has amassed 360 appearances for the club and was made club captain in 2020.

The 27-year-old holds the record for the second most goals scored direct from free-kicks in the Premier League, behind only David Beckham.

Tottenham are currently looking to bolster up their midfield options this summer as they hope to improve on this season, which is currently looking likely to end without a Champions League spot for next season.

Spurs currently sit in fifth place, two points behind Arsenal who visit the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium next week, though with Conte's side travelling to Anfield this weekend, it's not unlikely there could be a five point gap by the time the north London derby comes around.

With Spurs disappointing in Europe this season, having failed to reach the Europa Conference League knockout stage, Conte will be desperate to build a squad that can challenge in the business end of competitions.

James Ward-Prowse next club odds

Sky Bet odds

  • Tottenham 4/1
  • Manchester United 6/1
  • Newcastle 8/1
  • Aston Villa 10/1

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Manchester United are also thought to like the idea of bringing Ward-Prowse to Old Trafford.

United are set to go through something of a rebuild this summer, with new manager Erik ten Hag taking the reins from Ralf Rangnick at the end of the season.

It looks likely that the Red Devils will have to settle for a sixth place finish this season, and having not made it past the fourth round of either domestic cup or the second round of the Champions League, ten Hag will be desperate to strengthen the side ahead of next season.

United are light of central midfielders for next year, with the impending departures of Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic, which leaves just Scott McTominay and Fred and the returning loanees of Donny van de Beek and Andreas Pereira, whose futures both remain unclear.

Newcastle are also thought to be interested in signing the midfielder, as the Magpies bid for a challenge at the European places next season.

Eddie Howe will be looking to strengthen his central midfielders and it's thought Ward-Prowse's signing would be an upgrade on the likes of Isaac Hayden, Joe Willock, Sean Longstaff, and arguably Jonjo Shelvey.

Legendary Premier League central midfielder Steven Gerrard, Aston Villa manager, also appears to like what he sees in James Ward-Prowse and Sky Bet are pricing a move to Villa Park for the midfielder at 10/1.

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