James Ward-Prowse wants to join Fulham this summer.
That is according to The Independent who report that the Southampton midfielder is keen to play under Marco Silva as he feels his style would suit his attributes.
The 28-year-old was, of course, relegated with Southampton last season, and he’s apparently on the market for £30m.
An England international, Ward-Prowse is undoubtedly one of the best midfield players in the country and he would fit into Fulham’s team brilliantly.
Unfortunately, the report also states that the sale of Joao Palhinha may be what triggers Fulham’s move for Ward-Prowse.
While Ward-Prowse is a fantastic player, it’s fair to say that he wouldn’t be an adequate Palhinha replacement.
Palhinha’s tough tackling style is so vital to Fulham, and sadly, Ward-Prowse would not be able to replicate that particular way of playing.
However, with that being said, there is more than one way to skin a cat.
Let’s not forget, Marco Silva’s promotion side was not built on a destructive defensive midfielder.
Instead, back in the 2021/22 season, Silva played with a playmaker in the number six role in the shape of Jean Michael Seri.
The Ivorian was brilliant at recycling possession and picking passes, and if Palhinha is to go and be replaced by Ward-Prowse, perhaps we could see that system return to Fulham instead.
It sounds as though a few dominoes need to fall before we see any movement on this front, but after a very quiet summer transfer window so far, it’s exciting to hear this type of rumour crop up.
Ward-Prowse would be brilliant in this Fulham side, and this is one that we would certainly love to see get over the line.