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Southampton: Hassenhuttl must hold on to Ward Prowse in January

Southampton are currently 13th in the Premier League this season and are currently three points from the top half of the table but in the same breath only five points clear from the relegation zone too.

The Saints have become an established Premier League club since promotion in 2012, and have sustained their Premier League status by promoting fantastic youth development and buying well during their time.

Speaking of youth development, one player that has caught the attention of everyone is James Ward-Prowse, who has risen through the ranks from Southampton’s academy, to first-team football and now, playing at international level with England.

The Saints star has made 334 appearances, with 34 goals and 42 assists with the club, and has gone from strength to strength in his career gaining his first England call up earlier this year.

England manager, Gareth Southgate, has been full of praise for the midfielder, and spoke out when he selected him for his initial Euro 2020 squad this summer;

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“I’ve worked with James since my very first game in the Under-21s and it has been amazing to see his life progress, really.”

“To see him go from being a young player under Mauricio [Pochettino] to a great captain under Ralph [Hasenhuttl], it’s fantastic.”

Thanks to his individual performances for club and country, the £28.8m-rated gem became a hot target for a big move and Aston Villa put an offer on the table for the 27-year-old in the summer.

Aston Villa submitted a £25m bid for the England international, but it was quickly rejected and the player went into the new season with his boyhood club.

According to Birmingham Live, Aston Villa could reignite their interest in Ward Prowse, and are in a much more attractive position to sign the player, thanks to the arrival of Liverpool legend turned Premier League manager, Steven Gerrard.

This could be a disaster for Saints manager, Ralph Hasenhuttl, as the side is already contesting with a potential relegation battle due to Southampton having a thin squad where quality players, like Danny Ings, were sold in the summer.

Saints can not afford to lose any more key players and making the call to cash in on James Ward Prowse could result in the ultimate nightmare of relegation to the Championship, especially with other relegation battling clubs like Newcastle, planning to spend and strengthen in the January transfer window.

Southampton face Liverpool this weekend at Anfield and will be hoping to cause an upset against the Merseyside giants by taking a three-point win away from home.

In other news: Jack Stephens injury boost ahead of Anfield clash

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