Harry Maguire rejects West Ham move; Will stay at Man United

Noah Strang
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Noah Strang
18/08/2023
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Harry Maguire has rejected a transfer offer from West Ham

The Harry Maguire transfer to West Ham is off. Maguire has rejected the move as he would prefer to stay at Manchester United this season.

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  • Erik ten Hag says Maguire “has to go.”
  • West Ham had offered £30m ($59.5m AUD) for Maguire.
  • The general consensus is that Maguire will still be a Man United player in September.
  • If Maguire is not playing, Southgate may look elsewhere for his England squad.

Harry Maguire’s transfer move to West Ham is reportedly off. 

The 30-year-old English international has rejected a move to London because he would prefer to stay at Manchester United and fight for his place in Erik ten Hag’s squad.

West Ham had offered £30m ($59.5m AUD) for Maguire. Manchester United signed Maguire from Leicester City for £80m in 2019, which was a world transfer fee for a defender at that time.

Erik ten Hag tells Maguire to go

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag told the media in a press conference this week that he was “happy” with Harry Maguire. The Dutch head coach added that Maguire has “the abilities to be a top-class centre-back” and that Maguire is the best centre-back for England. 

Ten Hag quickly threw water on that praise by saying that Maguire must prove that he deserves to start for Manchester United and that he currently does not have the confidence to compete for a starting place. 

If Maguire’s lack of confidence continues and Maguire cannot fight for his place in the squad, Erik ten Hag says Maguire “has to go.” Some are calling this a death sentence for Maguire’s time at Manchester United. 

Maguire was stripped of his Manchester United captaincy by Erik ten Hag earlier this offseason. 

What’s next for Maguire?

Maguire currently is Manchester United’s fourth or fifth string centre back. Lisandro Martínez, Raphaël Varane, and Victor Lindelöf all sit firmly ahead of Maguire in ten Hag’s list of available centre-backs. To make things worse for Maguire, even left back Luke Shaw has been playing ahead of him at centre back recently. 

With so many options in front of him, it’s no wonder why Manchester United are willing to move on from Maguire. Unfortunately for United, it does not seem like Maguire wants to go. 

Some reports surrounding the Harry Maguire transfer to West Ham claim the Hammers pulled out of the deal because it was taking too long for Maguire and Man United to agree to exit terms. 

The England international is reportedly on close to £200k/week ($396k AUD / week) at United. He is unwilling to leave unless the Red Devils compensate him for leaving his contract early and accepting a lower salary elsewhere. When these negotiations stalled, West Ham pulled out of the deal. 

Several betting sites are offering bets on where Maguire will be at the end of the transfer window. The general consensus is that Maguire will still be a Man United player in September. West Ham are currently second favourites with Tottenham and Aston Villa following them at most Australian betting sites

England spot in doubt?

One of the major storylines of last season was how Harry Maguire continued to be called up by England manager Gareth Southgate. 

Despite his poor form, Maguire made nearly every England squad and was even called up to England’s 2022 World Cup squad. 

There is no denying that Maguire has been solid when called upon for England and that he is a favourite of Southgate’s. However, Southgate’s patience is sure to run out with Maguire. If Maguire is not playing, Southgate may look elsewhere for his England squad, especially leading up to the 2024 Euros in Germany.

Harry Maguire has opted to stay at Manchester United instead of joining West Ham this summer. 

Reports claim the deal fell through because Manchester United were unwilling to pay off Maguire for taking a lower salary at West Ham. 

If Maguire stays at Man United, there is a chance he misses out on playing in the 2024 Euros for England next summer.