Man United outcast Harry Maguire has broken his silence on the real reason he didn’t join West Ham after a new late night Kevin Nolan claim.

At one point during the summer transfer window West Ham were said to be on the verge of signing Manchester United defender Harry Maguire having had a £30m bid accepted.

Buy having spent most of the window fruitlessly chasing the Man United centre-back, West Ham boss David Moyes had to pivot and signed Greek international Konstantinos Mavropanos.

Many West Ham fans were reluctant to see the club sign Maguire. So the fact the club paid £10m less for a player five years Maguire’s junior went down well.

The same could not be said about the collapse of Maguire’s move at Man United.

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Claim and counter claim after Maguire’s £30m Hammers move collapsed

Red Devils fans wanted to see him leave after it emerged Erik ten Hag desperately needed the money to make signings of his own, with a deal for Benjamin Pavard falling through as a result.

There has been claim and counter claim about why Maguire did not end up joining West Ham.

Some said Maguire did not think West Ham were a big enough club for him. Others claimed he wanted to fight for his place at Old Trafford and one suggested he did not want to uproot his family.

The one that has stuck seems to be that Maguire and Manchester United could not agree on his severance pay-out on the remaining two years of his £190k per week contract.

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Man United outcast Harry Maguire breaks silence on the real reason he didn’t join West Ham after new late night Kevin Nolan claim

Last night on talkSPORT West Ham assistant coach Kevin Nolan claimed Moyes was in contact with Maguire and that the deal came ‘very close’.

But he suggested again that it failed due to the pay-out between Man United and Maguire.

“I think it was just in the end, the money didn’t get sorted from what I can gather which is obviously upsetting from our behalf because we wanted to [sign him],” Nolan said.

“Probably upsetting from Harry’s behalf and probably United’s behalf as well.”

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‘Why didn’t I join West Ham? How can I put this?’

Now Man United outcast Maguire has broken his silence on the reason he didn’t join West Ham after that late night Nolan claim.

And it appears Nolan is spot on, it all came down to a failure to agree a severance with Man United.

“I want to play games, I want to play football…” Maguire told The Express.

“How can I put this? We (him and Man United) just didn’t come to an agreement,” Maguire said about leaving for West Ham.

“They were happy for me to stay and I was happy to fight for my place. I want to do that and every time I train or play I will give everything.”


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