By Noel Whelan

19th Jun, 2021 | 8:00am

Pundit 'excited' by Aston Villa plan amid major update on Ward-Prowse bid

Noel Whelan has raved as Aston Villa plot a quick-fire raid to sign James Ward-Prowse from Southampton.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, heralded the Villans’ “strategy” after the early-summer signing of Emi Buendia.

As revealed by Football Insider on Wednesday (June 16th), Villa owners Wes Edens and Nassef Sawiris want Ward-Prowse signed before the start of pre-season.

A Villa source has added that the club have made preliminary moves for the Southampton star after registering their interest.

Villa’s interest comes after this site revealed (25th March), club chiefs fear they made a mistake signing Morgan Sanson in January.

Whelan insisted Villa had got their tactic of trying to get players in early “spot on”.

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Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “It’s strategy. Having a plan in place. Even when the season’s over, straight away they’re back in the business.

“They’re looking at what they need to strengthen, what they need to challenge in the Premier League next year.

“To progress up the league, up the table to start pushing for honours in the Premier League and Cup competitions now.

“They’ve already targeted players from the end of last season they think they could do with. Emi Buendia was not a shot in the dark. That is someone they’ve looked at for a long, long time.

“There’s nothing better than a player knowing his future and where he’s going to be playing at.

” Villa are doing everything spot on right now. They’re going to be a really exciting team to watch play next season.”

In other news, Aston Villa are ready to make a big push for Rangers star after transfer mission.