By Kevin Phillips

1st Nov, 2021 | 4:00pm

Newcastle told to lodge 'special' bid to sign 27-year-old 'better than Le Tissier' after inside source reveal - pundit

Newcastle United would need to table a “special” bid to sign Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse.

That is the view of ex-Premier League striker Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about a potential move for the 27-year-old in January.

The Magpies’ recruitment team are drawing up a list of January targets despite the absence of a permanent manager or director of football.

As revealed by Football Insider (28th October), that Ward-Prowse is a firm target for Newcastle under new ownership.

Phillips claimed the England international would be a good signing “for any club”.

“Ward-Prowse is a top, top player,” he told Football Insider.

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“It would take a fair bit of money to get him out of Southampton though because he signed a new deal at the beginning of the season. He committed to the club. It would take something special to get him out of there.

“For me, he’s the best dead-ball specialist in the Premier League. That is why he’d be a massive asset for Newcastle. It would be an exciting signing.

“You don’t want to be paying over the odds though. Any club selling to Newcastle will be charging a premium. They must be prepared for that.

“Ward-Prowse would be a solid signing for any club.”

Speaking to Stadium Astro with Phillips on January 1st, Premier League great David James said Ward-Prowse is “better then Matt Le Tissier”.

The centre-midfielder has contributed two goals and two assists in 10 appearances this season.

In other news, Kieran Maguire has claimed West Ham are in ‘a far better’ position than Newcastle after £600million news.