Dharmesh Sheth: Another addition to West Ham’s team races against time for Bournemouth match as medical in progress

James Ward-Prowse is in a hurry to recover in time for the match against Bournemouth, as there has been a medical update regarding his condition from Southampton star Dharmesh Sheth.

 

It is “touch and go” whether James Ward-Prowse will be registered at West Ham in time to face Bournemouth in their Premier League opener, according to Dharmesh Sheth.

James Ward-Prowse starting next match with Bournemouth

James Ward-Prowse

The Sky Sports journalist reported live on the Sky Sports News Transfer Show, via the Sky Sports website, on Wednesday night (9 August) that amid an agreement with the player and Southampton over a £30million move it is a case of “when not if” he joins the Hammers, but his medical is expected to span Thursday and Friday.

The Irons kick off their season away against the Cherries on Saturday (12 August) and have to get the 28-year-old registered by midday on Friday for him to be eligible to play.

Sheth said: “We have an agreement with West Ham and Southampton – we now have an agreement, we think, on personal terms for James Ward-Prowse as well.

“It’s a £30m deal it breaks down into the £30m price tag which was rejected last month but the payment conditions were more favourable for Southampton.

“It’s a case of when or not if that James Ward-Prowse will be a West Ham player. We think he will start his medical tomorrow and it will go into Friday as well. 

“It’s touch and go to see if he is registered in time to be available against Bournemouth on Saturday. They have to have this deal done and registered by midday on Friday to be available fo the opener on Saturrday.

“All systems go.”

Race against time

It is perhaps no surprise that it has came to a late scramble to get a likely starter through the doors, tested, signed, and registered with the league in order to play the first game of the season.

The endless delays to all incoming transfer pursuits this summer have stored up these sorts of issues, and as Ward-Prowse is likely the second of three late arrivals he probably has a middling chance to feature on the south coast, with Harry Maguire likely too late.

Since there is a gaping Declan Rice-shaped hole in the centre of the midfield David Moyes will have to hope that if the Saints star isn’t in the squad he does at least have Edson Alvarez available.

Edson Alvarez going to West Ham
Edson Alvarez

Sheth had reported on Tuesday night (8 August) that the former Ajax man had already completed his medical so with the tests done there should be no issues with getting him in the squad for Saturday, even as his expected unveiling his been delayed to Thursday

The Mexican looks set to be paired with England international Ward-Prowse to form the new look West Ham central pairing, after seasons of Rice next to Tomas Soucek.

The Hammers got off to a slow start a year ago and never really recovered in the Premier League as the campaign turned into a relegation battle.

Moyes will know he can’t afford the same again otherwise he likely won’t keep his job a second time around, but amid his clashes with Tim Steidten he has given himself an uphill battle this month with his transfer business.

 

 

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