Declan Rice has just been sold to Arsenal in a deal which has netted West Ham a guaranteed £100m and the Hammers are expected to now turn on the spending taps.


Midfield is an area where West Ham will strengthen and a number of players are drawing their attention, including Juventus’ Denis Zakaria, Ajax’s Edson Alvarez and Fulham’s Joao Palhinha.



And Southampton’s Ward-Prowse is still an option for West Ham.


There is no indication that a move for the Saints midfielder is imminent, but he is someone who is in West Ham’s thoughts.



Ward-Prowse’s future remains unclear following Southampton’s relegation from the Premier League last season.


The 28-year-old has been linked with several sides, but remains at St Mary’s as the clock ticks down on the transfer window.



Ward-Prowse has been capped by England at international level and it remains to be seen if playing in the Championship affects his chances of being called up by Gareth Southgate.