West Ham have decided to walk away from a deal to sign central defender Harry Maguire from Manchester United.
According to The Guardian’s Jacob Steinberg, Maguire’s $38.2m move to last season’s UEFA Conference League winners has collapsed after the Hammers grew tired of waiting for the defender to agree an exit package with the Red Devils.
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The 30-year-old was stripped of the captaincy last month by head coach Erik Ten Hag and after receiving a considerable increase in salary in the summer as a result of United’s qualification for the Champions League and reportedly wants close to $9m in loss of earnings for agreeing to join West Ham where he would be on significantly less money.
United had hoped to raise funds through the sale of Maguire, who has fallen down the pecking order under Ten Hag, to buy a replacement central defender. Moving to the Hammers would also give Maguire a significantly greater chance at starting at next summer’s European Championships for Gareth Southgate’s England side.
However, West Ham have grown frustrated by the delay in proceedings after having a bid for the former Leicester man accepted six days ago. Although there is a chance the deal could be revived, the deal is currently now off the table.