Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly keeping close tabs on Southampton skipper James Ward-Prowse.

A recent report from Fichajes suggests James Ward-Prowse could soon be on the verge of a move to a top Premier League club. In light of his recent performances in the league, the Southampton midfielder has attracted interest from the likes of Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and the defending champions Manchester City.

Tottenham, in particular, have been monitoring the development of the English international for a long time. They were even in contention to sign the player in the summer transfer window, but after losing Danny Ings, Southampton managed to remain resolute in keeping hold of their captain.

It is no secret that Antonio Conte is keen on landing a creative midfielder who can accompany Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in the double-pivot. Highly proficient in set-pieces, with almost 300 appearances in the Premier League, Ward-Prowse fits the bill well as he can offer much-needed creativity and experience.

Another club in contention to sign the Southampton star is Manchester United. The Red Devils are soon expected to part ways with Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard, whereas Donny van de Beek has reportedly been offered to Newcastle United and Borussia Dortmund over a January transfer.

James Ward-Prowse (R) will be raring to go for Southampton in the 2020/21 season. (Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)

James Ward-Prowse is a man in demand. (Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)

Their potential departures could pave the way nicely for Manchester United to bring in someone like Ward-Prowse. The English international’s unique mix of work ethic, creativity, and leadership qualities makes him an ideal upgrade over Fred. He may even emerge as a replacement for Paul Pogba, who is set to depart Old Trafford in the summer.

Manchester City, meanwhile, are targeting James Ward-Prowse as a potential alternative for Ilkay Gundogan. The German international has enjoyed immense success over the past couple of years, but it is apparent that Pep Guardiola requires more options at his disposal.

The Sky Blues have been linked with a move for Frenkie de Jong. But in Ward-Prowse, Manchester City could find themselves an excellent alternative with an abundance of Premier League experience.

However, the report suggests that Southampton have no intention of offloading their captain anytime soon, let alone the January transfer window. The player still has a contract at St. Mary’s until 2026, and it might require up to €60 million to snap him up, potentially ruling all three clubs out of the race.

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