A journalist has lifted the lid on the real reason Man United outcast Harry Maguire is hesitating over a move to West Ham and it’s not just money.

Just a matter of three days ago West Ham were said to be confident of completing a deal to sign Harry Maguire from Manchester United.

But reports overnight claim the deal between Man United and the Hammers is on the brink of collapse.

So much so that West Ham are already exploring a deal to sign an alternative.

According to widespread reports, West Ham’s move for Maguire is in doubt because ‘discussions are stalling over personal terms’.

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Journalist lifts lid on real reason Man United outcast Harry Maguire is hesitating over West Ham move and it’s not just money

That contradicts claims from a well-connected West Ham board confidant who said on Wednesday that Maguire had already agreed personal terms on a Hammers move.

Man United supporters – and undoubtedly Erik ten Hag too – will be disappointed if the Maguire deal does fall through.

Because the Red Devils must raise money through sales to fund any further signings in the summer transfer window.

And West Ham had agreed to send £30m Manchester United’s way for the 30-year-old centre-back.

It seems the alleged collapse is not purely financially motivated, though.

A journalist has lifted the lid on the real reason Man United outcast Maguire is hesitating over a West Ham move and it’s not just about money.

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Family not just money a major factor for Maguire

According to Alan Nixon the deal has been held up by discussions over personal terms and severance.

But a big factor behind Maguire’s apparent reluctance to join West Ham is family.

“Maguire is also settled in the Manchester area with his children at school, so there is no great incentive in moving to London,” Nixon says on his Patreon page.

The Maguire situation threatens to be another bitter transfer window blow for David Moyes, who had made Maguire his prime defensive target.

The Scot had also allegedly promised to make him West Ham’s new captain.

Word is Hammers technical director Tim Steidten has identified a Maguire alternative in the shape of 22-year-old Ivory Coast international Odilon Kossounou, a player the German brought to Bayer Leverkusen from Club Brugge in 2021.


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