Newcastle United have been waiting to find out how much Southampton want for James Ward-Prowse, and now their asking price appears to have been revealed.

Ward-Prowse has been mentioned as a possible Newcastle target a lot in recent months, with speculation intensifying over a move away from St Mary’s. That now looks inevitable following Southampton’s relegation from the Premier League.

It had been stated that the Magpies were waiting to discover Southampton’s asking price, and a new report suggests that the Saints have named their price.

Newcastle must pay around £40m for James Ward-Prowse

According to the Sun, Southampton want around £40million for Ward-Prowse this summer. The report adds that Aston Villa, West Ham and Wolves are keen, as well as Newcastle.

£40million is less than what was initially expected, but still likely more than what Newcastle would like to pay. In comparison, the Magpies were able to sign Bruno Guimaraes for a similar fee last year.

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While £40million is a figure that Newcastle can afford, it remains to be seen whether or not he would be a worthwhile investment. It seems like a lot of money to pay for a 28-year-old who would not necessarily be a guaranteed starter at St James’ Park.

Ward-Prowse has been described as ‘unbelievable‘ in the past, and there is more to his game than just his set piece ability. However, that is what makes him unique. Kieran Trippier has already admitted that he will be off free-kicks if JWP signs for the club.

He would likely prove to be a smart addition to Eddie Howe’s squad, but it feels like he is needed more at the other clubs that are keen. They will therefore be more likely to meet Southampton’s asking price, which feels too high for a Newcastle side that are set to return to the Champions League.

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