Tottenham Hotspur are set to rival Aston Villa for the signing of Southampton captain James Ward-Prowse, according to reports.

Villa had a £25million bid for the England international knocked back by the Saints, who didn’t even consider the offer, viewing it as ‘derisory’.

Ward-Prowse has been at Southampton since 2003 and has made 322 appearances for the south coast club.

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The insulting bid for JWP could put Spurs ahead in the race for his signature if Southampton are to let him go this month.

The north Londoners are ‘preparing a move’ for the Saints midfielder with Villa likely to come back in for him, according to The Telegraph.

It is no surprise that interest in the 26-year-old is so high.

He has been very consistent for Southampton in recent years and his availability is second t0 none.

Ward-Prowse has made 269 Premier League appearances so far in his career and played every minute in the league in the last two seasons.

The Englishman also has five years left on his contract and is seen as Southampton’s highest-valued asset, so it should take a large fee to prize him away.

Spurs have been active in the transfer market already, signing Cristian Romero and Gianluigi Gollini from Atalanta.

Bryan Gil also made the move from Sevilla, with Erik Lamela moving the other way.

And Ward-Prowse could straight into the Spurs midfield if he makes the move to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Current Spurs midfielder Tanguy Ndombele has an uncertain future in London as things stand.

The Frenchman has so far refused to confront Spurs boss Nuno Espirito Santo after he was left out of the squad to face Arsenal, according to The Athletic.

Nuno confirmed on Monday that midfielder Ndombele, who has not been involved in pre-season, is not injured.

Asked why the Frenchman had not featured, Nuno said: “Because you can see he is not in the right moment to join the group in terms of competition.

“No, he is not injured. (It is) not about that, it is about deciding who we want to take.”

Ndombele was available to play against Arsenal in Sunday’s pre-season friendly but Nuno decided not to include the France international in the squad.

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