According to reports, West Ham United have submitted an improved bid for former Man Utd captain Harry Maguire as they pursue three signings.
The England international slipped down the pecking order last season as Erik ten Hag often preferred to select Lisandro Martinez, Raphael Varane and Luke Shaw at centre-back.
Maguire was clearly not part of Ten Hag’s plans during the 2022/23 campaign and the defender has now had the captain’s armband taken off him.
Ten Hag has been looking to offload some unwanted players this summer to raise funds for signings and Maguire was always likely to move on after he barely featured for United last season.
The 30-year-old has been linked with Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa this summer but West Ham are the Premier League most interested in him at the moment.
The Hammers have already failed with a loan bid and £20m offer for Maguire but The Guardian are reporting that they have now returned with a fresh proposal.
David Moyes’ side have ‘made an improved bid of £30m’ for Maguire, while they are ‘trying to buy Scott McTominay’ and they have ‘agreed a £32m deal’ to sign Ajax midfielder Edson Alvarez. The report adds.
‘West Ham’s latest push for Maguire comes after they failed with an attempt to take the defender on loan and had a £20m offer rejected.
‘Maguire left Leicester for £80m four years ago and made eight Premier League starts last season. An issue is that the 30-year-old received a considerable salary increase as a result of United qualifying for the Champions League.
‘West Ham are working to find a solution around Maguire’s wages and believe a package of £55m-£60m could convince United to sell him and McTominay.
‘Alvarez has agreed terms on a five-year deal and is set to fly to London for a medical.’
Hammers legend Stuart Pearce thinks Maguire would be a “very great addition” for West Ham.
“For me, he’s an absolute no-brainer for any team. West Ham, 100 per cent. You go where you’re wanted, you go where you’re loved and if that’s West Ham or wherever… he’d be a very great addition.”
He added: “I think he is one, when you’re looking for a player to come into your club, you’re looking for: Does he play the games? Can he get you a goal in the opposite box? Can he deal with the ball at his feet? He’s a current England international.
“He ticks so many boxes and he’ll offer you a bit of leadership as well. And he’s also of the right age.”