Premier League heavyweights closely monitoring Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse

HITC Sport understands that the England U21 international is drawing admiring glances from afar.

Chelsea and Manchester City are both keeping regular tabs on Southampton star James Ward-Prowse, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the mooted interest.

Ward-Prowse, the new England Under-21 captain, is making fine strides on the South Coast at St Mary’s.

With nearly 100 first-team games under his belt, he is already emerging as one of the best young English prospects in the Premier League.

And it is little surprise that Portsmouth-born Ward-Prowse is already attracting interest, with a number of Southampton’s top-flight rivals understood to be watching him closely.

Southampton, though, are no strangers to their top talent being monitored – indeed, if anything there is no club in England more versed. They have sold the likes of Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, Calum Chambers and Morgan Schneiderlin in recent seasons – but all were sold at their behest.

And there is no likelihood of them entertaining any interest in Ward-Prowse at this junction as the player is firmly tied into a contract until 2020.

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