ASTON VILLA are in the driving seat to land Southampton's set-piece specialist James Ward-Prowse, according to the bookies.
It was reported Aston Villa had a £25million bid for the 26-year-old rejected as they look to bolster their midfield this summer.
Villa have already signed Norwich ace Emi Buendia for £35m and their pursuit of Ward-Prowse is unrelated to the potential exit of their main man Jack Grealish.
Villa are huge favourites to land Ward-Prowse at 3/2 with Sky Bet.
They are a much shorter price compared to their nearest rivals Tottenham and Leeds in the bookies' market.
Spurs are second favourites at 12/1 ahead of Leeds who are third in line at 14/1.
While sensational moves to Manchester United and Real Madrid being massive outside possibilities.
James Ward-Prowse odds – Sky Bet
- Aston Villa 6/4
- Tottenham 12/1
- Manchester Utd 20/1
- Real Madrid 50/1
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Villa boss Dean Smith is keen to improve Villa's chances from set-piece by acquiring a dead-ball specialist.
Smith sees Ward-Prowse as one of the best set-piece takers in Europe.
With Jack Grealish the most-fouled player in the Premier League, the addition of Ward-Prowse would be a major weapon for Villa.
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