Southampton have turned down a £25-million offer from Aston Villa for midfielder James Ward-Prowse, according to David Ornstein, Dan Sheldon, Sam Lee, and Gregg Evans of The Athletic.

The offer was quickly rejected, as Villa's bid was below Southampton's valuation of the 26-year-old, The Athletic adds.

Villa are expected to return with an improved offer, but getting a deal done with the Saints could be difficult.