Man United man Harry Maguire has had a big change of heart over a move to West Ham claims a journalist close to discussions.

West Ham ramped up their efforts to sign deposed Manchester United captain Harry Maguire last night.

Speculation reignited over the weekend when a reliable journalist – and then a West Ham board confidant – confirmed that the early wheels were in motion on a deal between the Hammers and Man United with medical information being exchanged.

Having lost the captaincy and finding himself fourth choice centre-back, things already looked bleak for Maguire under Erik ten Hag at Man United.

And the England defender has – one more than one occasion – allegedly scoffed at the prospect of a move to West Ham.

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Maguire has previously allegedly scoffed at West Ham move

When West Ham were initially interested in January, Maguire’s camp said the Hammers were ‘flying a kite if they thought they could sign him’.

Hammers News has put Maguire straight on that matter, pointing out we are a much bigger club than the others he has represented before his ridiculously over-priced move to Old Trafford.

The player was left in no doubt over what many of his own fans at Manchester United think of him at the weekend.

Maguire was booed by his own supporters on Sunday after a blunder cost his side a goal.

It made the England defender’s situation at Old Trafford even more untenable.

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Man United man Harry Maguire has big change of heart over West Ham move claims journalist close to discussions

As reported last night, West Ham are awaiting an answer from the Red Devils after submitting an improved £30m bid for Maguire yesterday.

Should the offer be accepted, it will then come down to whether West Ham and David Moyes can convince Maguire to join.

Given his previous alleged reluctance, that may be no easy task.

But Man United man Maguire has had a big change of heart over a West Ham move claims a journalist close to discussions.

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Who is flying a kite now Harry?

The Athletic’s Man United reporter Laurie Whitwell has claimed overnight that West Ham have been given encouragement from Maguire’s camp that he is now open to signing for the east Londoners.

“West Ham have been encouraged that Maguire is open to joining — he has twice not been given the captain’s armbands by Ten Hag in pre-season friendlies — and would provide the 30-year-old with much more regular games,” Whitwell states.

“They are prepared to offer him £100,000 per week, with United potentially bridging the gap to his current £190,000 per week wages. West Ham had explored a loan move for Maguire, but United were not interested.”


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