West Ham have officially confirmed the signing of James Ward Prowse from Southampton
The 28-year-old has joined the Hammers from Southampton for an undisclosed fee on a contract until June 2027.
Ward-Prowse, who will wear the No7 shirt, is renowned for his outstanding delivery from set pieces and open play, his passing, shooting, character and leadership qualities.
With 343 Premier League appearances for the Saints and a full pre-season under his belt, he arrives fit and ready to play and could make his debut in Sunday’s Premier League fixture with Chelsea at London Stadium.
“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 is West Ham’s second summer signing following Mexico midfielder Edson Álvarez.
“From the outside looking in, this is a Club that has been on the rise for a number of years now and 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.
“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 has epitomises 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.”
Manager David Moyes welcomed the eleven-cap England international and is looking forward to introducing an experienced player with proven Premier League pedigree to his squad.
“I’m delighted to bring a player of James’ quality and experience to West Ham United,” he said.
“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.
“We’re excited to get him up and running, for what will be another busy season on both the domestic and European front.”
The deal is said to be worth £30m with a £27m transfer fee and £3m in add-ons on a £5.2m wage package to match his former salary with the Saints