Man Utd: West Ham eye ‘third’ Red Devil with Ten Hag ‘struggling to command fee’ for 27-year-old

Jason Soutar
Anthony Martial and Harry Maguire celebrate a goal.
Anthony Martial and Harry Maguire celebrate a goal.

According to reports, West Ham are interested in signing Manchester United striker Anthony Martial after agreeing a fee to bring in Harry Maguire.

It has been a turbulent summer at West Ham with David Moyes and new technical director Tim Steidten struggling to see eye to eye.

Club captain Declan Rice was sold to Arsenal for a whopping £105million in July but the Hammers took their time to make their first signing of the summer transfer window, announcing the addition of Mexican midfielder Edson Alvarez this week.

Alvarez is expected to be joined at the London Stadium by Southampton skipper James Ward-Prowse and former Manchester United captain Maguire, who lost the armband to Bruno Fernandes last month.

West Ham have reportedly agreed a £30m fee with United for the signing of the England centre-back and remain interested in Scott McTominay.

The Red Devils rejected a £30m bid from their Premier League counterparts for the latter, insisting he is worth £45m.

Negotiations between West Ham and United are expected to continue with a new name now added to the equation.

According to talkSPORT, the Irons are interested in signing Martial having agreed a fee for Maguire and had an offer knocked back for McTominay.

The report says ‘talks are at an early stage’ and it is actually unclear whether or not Erik ten Hag would be willing to let the French attacker leave Old Trafford.

If the Dutch manager does give the green light, United will ‘struggle to command a big fee’ for Martial as he is out of contract in 2024.

Despite uncertainty over the Red Devils’ willingness to open negotiations, West Ham ‘have asked to be kept informed on the 27-year-old’s situation’.

West Ham could yet receive even more funds to improve their squad before the transfer window closes with Lucas Paqueta reportedly a ‘priority’ signing for Manchester City.

Speaking on Friday, Moyes admitted an opening bid from City was below the club’s valuation.

“We’ve had an offer from Manchester City, but at the moment it’s not anywhere near meeting our valuation,” said Moyes.

The Scottish manager also confirmed that Ward-Prowse was undergoing a medical ahead of his £30m move from Southampton.

“James Ward-Prowse is having a medical just now. We’ve agreed a fee but it’s not right I speak about him as he’s not yet our player,” Moyes added.

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