West Ham consider ‘second bid’ for Man Utd star but accept deal will be ‘difficult’ to pull off

Ben Stewart
Man Utd pair Maguire and Fernandes
Harry Maguire and Bruno Fernandes.

West Ham are said to be considering a second bid for Harry Maguire after their first offer for the Manchester United defender was rejected.

Maguire is at the centre of plenty of transfer speculation right now as the 30-year-old defender continues to be linked with a move away from Old Trafford.

Everton have been the latest club to be linked with the England international, although West Ham haven’t given up just yet.

The Hammers saw their opening bid of £20m rejected, but David Moyes is still said to be keen on the signing.

According to Football Insider, West Ham are ‘desperate’ to sign another centre-back and Maguire would tick a lot of boxes.

“Moyes is desperate to add another centre-back and Maguire would fit the bill perfectly if he was able to persuade him about a move,” Pete O’Rourke explains.

“I’m told the Irons had a first bid of £20million rejected, with Man United set to hold out for a bigger fee as other Premier League sides are interested.

“West Ham are considering a second bid but realise it could prove a difficult deal to do with the player seemingly reluctant to give up on his Old Trafford career.”

Maguire still has another two years to run on his contract at Old Trafford and he is seemingly happy to stick around.

Under Erik ten Hag last season Maguire was firmly behind the likes of Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane in the pecking order.

Even Victor Lindelof got more minutes in the Premier League last season. However, despite his lack of game time so far, he is willing to stick it out under Ten Hag.

Jamie O’Hara thinks that Maguire should be looking to leave this summer as the club no longer respect him.

“[Maguire] needs to leave Manchester United,” he told Grosvenor Sport. “I don’t know why he’s still there – I would have handed in a transfer request and left the football club.

“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 needs to just get out and play football where he can actually enjoy himself and get his confidence back.

“He’s not a bad player, but I don’t think he has the respect he deserves at Manchester United, because he’s not good enough and because he’s not at that level.

“He should go somewhere where he’s going to be loved – because it isn’t Manchester United.”

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