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Harry Maguire’s move to West Ham off amid Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag’s calls for him to fight for his place

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Aug 15, 2023
Harry Maguire's move to West Ham off amid Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag's calls for him to fight for his place

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Harry Maguire’s move to West Ham is now off, talkSPORT understands.

The Hammers were pursuing the Manchester United defender after a £30million deal was agreed last week.

Maguire's move to West Ham appears to be off

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Maguire’s move to West Ham appears to be offCredit: AFP

However, the brakes on the deal have been slammed with West Ham growing tired of waiting for his Old Trafford exit to be finalised.

The writing appeared to be on the wall for Maguire after he was stripped of his captaincy earlier this summer, but speaking last week, Erik ten Hag said he’d be happy for the defender to stay providing that he was content with fighting for his place in the team.

Ten Hag said: “For Harry, that is just how I described it. He has to fight for his place.

“He has the ability to be a top-class centre-back and he is the best for England so why shouldn’t he be the best for us? But he has to prove it.

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“When he is not confident enough to fight then he has to go. Then he has to make a decision, but I’m happy with him.”

And talkSPORT understands that Maguire has been encouraged by the Man United manager’s comments.

It’s been reported by The Athletic that sources close to Maguire say that the player had not even spoken to Hammers boss David Moyes.

The 30-year-old has two years on his current contract which is worth £190,000 a week and was limited to just eight starts in the Premier League last term.

It's been suggested Maguire is yet to speak to the West Ham manager throughout this process

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It’s been suggested Maguire is yet to speak to the West Ham manager throughout this process

Letting Maguire leave may put Man United’s pursuit of Bayern Munich defender Benjamin Pavard in doubt too.

Maguire joined the Red Devils in the summer of 2019, signing from Leicester in an £80million deal – a world-record fee for a defender, which still stands today.

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