Maguire is out of favor at the United
West Ham, a Premier League rival who had their initial offer rejected by Manchester United, has been linked to a move for Maguire. Maguire was also relieved of his leadership earlier this month by head coach Erik ten Hag, who replaced him with Bruno Fernandes.
Alan Smith, a former England, and Manchester United forward, told Gambling Zone: “Realistically, I think Harry Maguire knows he won’t play every game, and he’s probably come to terms with that. But I believe Harry will decide whether or not to stay. Since you want those kinds of individuals frequenting your club to go near, I guess Ten Hag doesn’t want him to leave. He might be quite consistent over the course of 20 games.
“When he first arrived, there was a lot of demand to give him the armband despite the price tag, and both pressures must have been challenging for him. If he stays, it might enable him to relieve some tension. If you look at other clubs, you’ll see that you need four top-notch center-backs, or at least three, to compete. He likely has a bigger role than people realize. They will need strength in depth if they hope to win the league and succeed in Europe. Maguire will decide for himself if he requires weekly first-team action.
“There were four class strikers, four class central defenders, and several class midfield players when Sir Alex Ferguson was manager,” he continued. However, you would play in the Premier League on a Tuesday or Wednesday night if you didn’t play on the weekend. Although as a player he likely wants to play every week, if I were the manager I would want to keep him.
THE BIGGER PICTURE: Despite the lengthy transaction, West Ham is still interested in signing the England defender. The Sun reported that the deal might stall, therefore the Hammers are aiming to sign Maguire as soon as possible.