The England international centre-back Harry Maguire making a move to West Ham United. According to reports from the Evening Standard, the Manchester United outcast could be open to this transfer, but there’s a catch – a transfer fee needs to be agreed upon by both clubs.
With David Moyes at the helm, West Ham United are on a mission to fortify their squad ahead of another European campaign. This pursuit has gained urgency with the departure of Declan Rice to Arsenal earlier in the window. To address this, the Hammers have already secured the signature of Ajax midfielder Edson Alvarez, and they have now set their sights on a double deal involving Manchester United players – Harry Maguire and Scott McTominay.
However, the road to these acquisitions hasn’t been smooth for West Ham. Their attempts to bring in Maguire and McTominay have been met with resistance. Last month, the Hammers offered £20 million for Maguire, which was turned down by Manchester United. Undeterred, they have now upped the ante with an improved bid of £30 million. McTominay is also part of the plan, with a £30 million offer on the table, but this too was rejected by Manchester United.
Inside sources suggest that negotiations for Maguire might be more fruitful than those for McTominay. Talks are ongoing between the two clubs, and fans are on the edge of their seats waiting for the final decision.
The recent past hasn’t been kind to Harry Maguire. He lost his starting spot in the first team last season amid Manchester United’s shaky performance in the Premier League. This created an opportunity for Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez to form a solid partnership in the defence. Even when Varane and Martinez faced injuries, Victor Lindelof and Luke Shaw stepped up, pushing Maguire down the pecking order. Adding to his woes, he was stripped of the club captaincy by manager Erik ten Hag.
A recent pre-season game against Athletic Club highlighted Maguire’s struggles. A sluggish pass from him led to a goal for the opposition, drawing criticism and even boos from his own fans. It’s become clear that his current situation at Old Trafford isn’t conducive for him to regain his form. A fresh start might be the much-needed catalyst for reviving his career.