Manchester United have rejected a £20m offer from West Ham United to sign Harry Maguire permanently this summer, as per David Ornstein.
West Ham have made English centre-back Maguire a priority target this summer, with the club needing to sign a defender and a leadership figure after losing captains Mark Noble and Declan Rice in successive seasons.
The Hammers have admired Maguire throughout the summer and decided to offer £20m for the centre-back, but the Red Devils have rejected the offer out of hand as the amount offered is way below their valuation.
Manchester United do not expect an improved offer from the Hammers for the 30-year-old, with his wages expected to be a stumbling block to any move, and his willingness to remain at the club and fight for his shirt another factor.
Harry Maguire keen on Manchester United stay
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag revealed during his side’s preseason tour that he enjoys having Maguire at the club as the defender provides depth and experience to their squad despite having lost his captaincy to Bruno Fernandes. The Red Devils’ links to a new centre-back has died down following Bayern Munich’s hijack of Kim Min-Jae.
Manchester United have rejected West Ham proposal for Harry Maguire out of hand. 🚨🔴 #MUFC
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The Englishman, who is the world’s most expensive defender, cost the Red Devils £80m from Leicester City and is keen to remain at the club and regain his spot at the club. He will look to hold out and take his chances in the 2023-24 season.
West Ham are expected to move onto other targets as they cannot afford to pay Maguire’s wages. David Moyes will look to complete the signing of a new centre-back before the start of the 2023-24 season.