Liverpool set to miss out signing of PL No.10 midfielder

Aston Villa have reportedly set their sights on Southampton playmaker James Ward-Prowse, in a busy window for the West Midlands club.

The creative midfielder played every minute for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side this campaign and showed his technical ability when striking a dead ball having found the back of the net four times from free-kicks.

The Claret and Blues have confirmed that they have agreed a club-record deal with Norwich City for Argentine midfielder Emiliano Buendia, however, Dean Smith is keen to strengthen his squad further as they aim to build upon their 11th-placed finish.

The Sun claims that Smith wants to improve Villa’s goalscoring ability from set-pieces, having only scored 11 from corners and free kicks this campaign.

It is reported that the Merseyside Reds are also keen on Ward-Prowse, who missed out on a place in Gareth Southgate’s final 26-strong England team for the Euros this summer.

The 26-year-old is an academy graduate with the Saints and since making his first-term debut back in 2011, he has gone on to found back of the net 33 times and provide 40 assists in 322 games for the club.