Aston Villa gave new hope after transfer blow

Kevin Phillips insists every player has a price after Aston Villa target James Ward-Prowse signs a new contract with Southampton.

The former Saints striker, speaking exclusively to Football initiate, reacted to St Mary’s latest release.

August 19, Southampton announcement Ward-Prowse had signed a new long-term agreement.

August 6, Football initiate revealed the Saints had rejected a £ 25million offer for Villa’s Ward-Prowse.

It was also reported by The telegraph on August 11, Tottenham and Villa were preparing new offers for the midfielder.

Guard Guard, 26, is a vital cog in the Southampton machine, scoring eight goals and assists in the Premier League last season.

Phillips claims the midfielder will stay this summer, but hasn’t ruled out late transfer drama.

“He remains, of course he is,” Phillips said Football initiate correspondent Ben Wild.

“I would be surprised if he left now. If anyone was serious about it, a decent offer would have arrived.

“It shows Southampton’s intention, he loves the club. This is probably the best offer Southampton has given a player.

“He looks happy and from the club’s point of view keeping him is a huge boost. It prepares their season well.

“That being said, strange things are happening in football so we cannot rule out a late bid.

“Money talks, if someone comes in with the right offer you never know, they might move out next week.”

Villa returned to victory on Saturday with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Newcastle United.

Dean Smith’s side face Barrow on Tuesday night.

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