Harry Maguire is increasingly sidelined at Manchester United and looks poised to depart
West Ham had settled on a £30m price for Maguire, but the transfer has hit a snag
Harry Maguire’s anticipated £30million switch from Manchester United to West Ham has reportedly hit a roadblock.
The Hammers cemented their price for the backliner the previous Wednesday, with David Moyes keen to bolster his team following the massive £105m transfer of Declan Rice to Arsenal this season.
However, sources from The Guardian suggest the Europa Conference League victors lost patience awaiting Maguire’s Old Trafford exit. Maguire is believed to have expected a £7m exit package from Manchester.
This disruption follows Mail Sport’s Transfer Insider revealing on Monday that Maguire’s transition to West Ham was on hold, with United aiming to secure a replacement prior to giving their nod.
Under Erik ten Hag’s leadership, the team secured a third-place finish last season, leading to a notable salary bump for the 30-year-old upon their Champions League comeback.
Although Maguire settled personal terms with Moyes’ squad, he was likely to earn less, hence the push for a substantial exit sum from United.
However, negotiations have stalled, causing the Hammers to grow weary and consider alternative options.
The deal could potentially see a revival later in the month, but currently remains static, with Maguire not participating in United’s recent 1-0 win against Wolves.
Since his high-profile £80m transfer from Leicester in 2019, Maguire’s journey at United has been a rollercoaster.
His early days saw praise and his anointment as club captain by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
But recent seasons have seen his form waver, leading to him being relieved of the captain’s armband this season by Ten Hag.
West Ham planned to grant the English player more game minutes in the lead-up to Euro 2024, given his reduced game time at United the past season, starting in only eight Premier League matches.
Yet, at the international level, Maguire continues to be indispensable for Gareth Southgate, playing in England’s recent 11 matches across tournaments.
However, with rising talents like Levi Colwill and Marc Guehi, Maguire faces increased competition, emphasizing his need for consistent gameplay before the upcoming summer event.
Earlier in March, Maguire spoke out, asserting his value to United, despite his dwindling role.
‘This season, my playtime has been limited, but I believe I’ve been consistent with United this year.
‘While some highlight my limited game time, I recall our victories in the recent matches I’ve started for Manchester United.
‘I can’t recall a loss with United, probably since the season’s early weeks. I believe I still make an impact.’