There was confusion last night with conflicting stories about West Ham’s bid for James Ward Prowse which at one point yesterday evening was being reported as close to deal.
6foot2 understands that Southampton manager Russell Martin at one point believed a deal had been reached between the two clubs only to be updated later that night it had fallen flat.
Even Sky Sports couldn’t get the story right with Dharmesh Sheth tweeting “West Ham United increasingly optimistic they can close a deal for Southampton captain James Ward-Prowse. First bid worth £20m rejected. Now talks advanced. West Ham encouraged by player’s desire to join” only for an hour later to say “Twist… West Ham made offer… talks encouraging… Southampton rejected and made counter proposal. West Ham declined. Off… for now”
Fellow Sky reporter Kaveh Solhekol at the same time was reporting that West Ham made final offer worth £30m for James Ward-Prowse before walking away from talks at 8pm last night.
That West Ham offer was said to be made up of a £27m transfer fee and £3m of add-ons and was a take it or leave it deal.
Southampton came back with a counter proposal which values their player at close to £40m.
It could be one of those deals that is not concluded until transfer deadline day when Southampton realise, they won’t be getting a better offer.