West Ham boss David Moyes wants to land an English midfielder this summer.
West Ham saw a club record £50million bid for Leeds United's Phillips rejected in the January window, but the midfielder could be available at a cut price should the Elland Road club drop to the Championship, says The Sun.
Moyes is also a big fan of Saints captain Ward-Prowse, 27, who is enjoying his best season in front of goal for the South Coast club.
Hailed by Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola as the best free-kick taker in the world, Ward-Prowse has scored four this season - taking his all time Premier League tally to 14, four short of the record set by his hero David Beckham.
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