West Ham United is not giving up on their pursuit of Manchester United defender Harry Maguire and is reportedly considering a second bid after their initial offer was rejected, relays the F365. The 30-year-old center-back is currently the subject of numerous transfer rumors, with Everton being the latest club linked to him. However, David Moyes remains keen on securing the services of the England international.
Despite their first bid of £20 million being turned down, West Ham is determined to bolster their defensive options and sees Maguire as an ideal addition to the squad. Football Insider’s Pete O’Rourke explains, “Moyes is desperate to add another center-back, and Maguire would fit the bill perfectly if he was able to persuade him about a move.” However, Manchester United is expected to hold out for a higher fee, as other Premier League clubs are also interested in the player.
The uncertainty around Maguire’s future lies in the fact that he still has two years remaining on his contract at Old Trafford. While he didn’t enjoy regular game time under manager Erik ten Hag last season, he is seemingly content to stay and fight for his place. Despite being behind the likes of Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane in the pecking order, Maguire appears willing to stick it out at Manchester United.
Former footballer Jamie O’Hara, however, believes that Maguire should seek a move away from the club this summer. “He needs to leave Manchester United,” O’Hara said. “He’s not wanted there, he’s had the captaincy taken off him, and he’s not respected as a player by anyone – it’s obvious. He should go somewhere where he’s going to be loved – because it isn’t Manchester United.”
As the transfer window continues, West Ham’s pursuit of Harry Maguire remains ongoing. Whether the Hammers will submit a higher bid to entice the defender away from Old Trafford or if Maguire will opt to stay and fight for his place, the outcome remains to be seen.