Pundit claims he ‘can see why’ new Man Utd boss Ten Hag could sign Saints star

Tony Cascarino insists he “can see why Erik ten Hag may fancy” signing James Ward-Prowse when he arrives at Man Utd at the end of the season.

It was confirmed last month that Ten Hag will become the new permanent Red Devils boss once the current campaign ends with interim manager Ralf Rangnick heading into a consultancy role.

Rangnick had sparked rumours there could be a major overhaul of the playing staff in the next transfer window when he claimed there could be as many as ten new signings in the summer.

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However, a report in ESPN last week insisted that Man Utd have moved to distance themselves from Rangnick’s claims and instead expect to sign three players.

Southampton midfielder Ward-Prowse, who has ten goals and seven assists in all competitions this season, is one player who has been linked with a move to Man Utd this week and former Chelsea striker Cascarino thinks he would be a good signing.

“It was interesting to see James Ward-Prowse linked with a move to Manchester United,” Cascarino told The Times.

“At 27, the Southampton midfielder is entering the peak years of his career and if he is not content with being a one-club man, now may be the time for a big move.

“Ward-Prowse is so much more than simply a dead-ball expert (though there are few better than him from corners and free kicks). He is brilliant at keeping the ball and helping his team dictate play.

“I can see why Erik ten Hag may fancy him.”

Redknapp recently told Ten Hag to sign “good, honest pros” as his priority in the summer transfer window after rumours of unrest in the Man Utd dressing room this season.

“Ten Hag will need to have a look at the players he wants to keep,” Redknapp told Sky Sports. “As bad as things are at the moment, things can change quickly with one or two good signings.

“Who do you get? It’s not easy but the ideal one is Declan Rice, and West Ham fans won’t thank me for this.

“You want good, honest pros who can really play, people like Rice. That’s the market they’ve got to be looking for, that can work hard in training and play the right way.

“Could you go and get Harry Kane from Tottenham this summer? I’m not saying he’s going to leave but that’s the sort of player you are going to need, players that will come in and set the right culture.”


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