England midfielder James Ward-Prowse has completed a move to West Ham United for a fee of 30 million pounds ($38 million) from Southampton.
The midfielder has signed a four-year contract with the East London club, who has completed their pursuit of one of their top transfer targets for the summer.
“I’m buzzing to be here at West Ham United. It’s great to be here and I’m looking forward to getting going,” said Ward-Prowse, who had spent his entire career with Southampton, making over 400 first-team appearances.
“When I think about my game, it is based on hard work, graft, and giving 100 per cent. West Ham United has always been a club that epitomizes that. You can feel that from the fans and you can see it in the players who are here and the lads that have come through the Academy too.
“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,” said the player.
West Ham coach David Moyes was happy to sign the midfielder who is a set-piece expert.
“I’m delighted to bring a player of James’ quality and experience to West Ham United.
“He’s performed to a very high level in the Premier League over the last decade, constantly producing good numbers season after season. His leadership qualities are obviously another huge plus for us – he’ll be a big voice for us, someone who drives the team on from the middle of the pitch,” said Moyes.
West Ham will now work hard to get a deal over the line for England defender Harry Maguire after Manchester United last week accepted an offer for 30 million pounds for the big central defender.
Elsewhere, Everton has agreed a deal with Leeds United to loan winger Jack Harrison for the season, while Aston Villa may be forced into the transfer market after central defender Tyrone Mings suffered a “significant” knee injury during their 5-1 defeat at Newcastle.