Report: Manchester City considering move for Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse

Manchester City have reportedly discussed the idea of making a move for highly-rated Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse.

According to the Daily Mail, Manchester City could look to sign James Ward-Prowse this summer in a bid to meet the homegrown talent quota.

The report states that Ward-Prowse and Fulham’s Patrick Roberts, along with the well-documented Raheem Sterling, are on City’s radar and could look to sign all three this summer in an attempt to boost their ‘homegrown’ talent stock.

Manuel Pellegrini has had no less than four English first-team players – Scott Sinclair, Frank Lampard, James Milner and Micah Richards – leave the club already this summer, leaving goalkeepers Joe Hart and Richard Wright as the only first-team Englishman in the side.

Would Ward-Prowse be a good signing for City?

The 20-year-old, who has been likened to David Beckham, as mentioned in the Mirror, is undoubtedly a star for the future and certainly has the ability to offer Pellegrini something ahead of next season.

He is becoming renowned as one of the best passers of a football in the Premier League and his ability to play both the long and short game equally as well would be welcomed by the Chilean coach due to the diversity of player styles already at the Manchester club.

This summer, as he is expected to be a key man for the England under-21 side in the European Championship, he has the chance to boost his reputation around Europe and come out of the shadows left by Luke Shaw and Calum Chambers.

He arguably has as much, if not more, potential than the two mentioned and this summer could be the platform he needs to showcase that talent.

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