Man Utd and West Ham ‘reach Harry Maguire agreement’ with swap deal now off the cards | Football | Sport


West Ham have reportedly reached an agreement to sign Harry Maguire from Manchester United. The Red Devils are desperate to cash in on the services of the centre-back this summer, having recently stripped him of the club captaincy.

United have welcomed three new signings to their ranks this summer – Andre Onana, Rasmus Hojlund and Mason Mount – and the priority is now shifting to offloading fringe stars that no longer have a future at the club. Fred, Eric Bailly and Anthony Elanga were all highlighted as players that needed to be sold before the window opened.

Maguire was also ‘put up for sale’, with West Ham promptly registering an interest in signing the England international. After seeing several bids knocked back for the ex-Leicester City star, a deal has now been struck between the two outfits.

According to The Athletic, West Ham’s £30million bid for Maguire has now been accepted. Maguire was previously reluctant to join West Ham this summer and had insisted that he wanted to stay and fight for his place in Erik ten Hag’s starting eleven.

However, the Hammers appear to have convinced the 30-year-old of their project as personal terms are no longer expected to be an issue. Gareth Southgate is said to have been in contact with Maguire and indicated to him that failing to play regularly for United will impact his place in England’s international squad.

West Ham appear to have pounced to reach an agreement, with other clubs emerging that also hold an interest in Maguire. According to The Mirror, Everton are keen on the defender and were considering launching a bid to secure his services.

With Ten Hag desperate to bolster his midfield ranks, a swap deal was expected to be proposed that would see Amadou Onana leave Goodison Park to head in the opposite direction. However, that option now appears to be off of the table and the Red Devils must question whether to strike a separate deal for the Belgian international or turn their attention to alternative targets, such as Fiorentina star Sofyan Amrabat.

United could be set to negotiate further with West Ham this summer as Scott McTominay is also highly regarded at the London Stadium. David Moyes’ side have already seen a £30m bid for the Scotland international knocked back and, with Declan Rice funding the transfer budget, a fresh offer could arrive – capitalising on the successful negotiations for Maguire.

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