West Ham sign Ward-Prowse from Southampton

14 Aug 2023

Midfielder is the club's second arrival of the summer transfer window and will wear the No 7 shirt

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West Ham United have signed James Ward-Prowse from Southampton.

The 28-year-old has agreed to a four-year deal with West Ham and will wear the No 7 shirt.

“From the outside looking in, this is a club that has been on the rise for a number of years now and coming off the success in the UEFA Europa Conference League last year, you can feel there is real momentum around this club,” Ward-Prowse told the club's official website.

“It’s great to be a part of it and I can’t wait to play my role in the games to come.

“When I think about my game, it is based on hard work, graft, and giving 100 per cent. West Ham United has always been a club that epitomises that. You can feel that from the fans and you can see it in the players who are here and the lads that have come through the academy too.

“I feel as though I will fit straight in and I can promise I will give my all for this football club in my time here.”

Ward-Prowse has spent his entire professional career with Southampton playing 410 times in all competitions, with 343 of those coming in the Premier League. Indeed, only four active players in the League have more appearances.

He has also been capped 11 times by England.

The midfielder has scored 49 goals and produced 38 assists. He is currently one free-kick goal short of David Beckham’s Premier League record of 18.

West Ham fans could see Ward-Prowse make his Hammers debut on Sunday 20 August when they face Chelsea in their first home match of the season.

See: Summer 2023 transfers

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