Newcastle United are preparing a £12m bid for Harry Maguire according to reports this morning.
The central defender has made rapid strides this season despite Hull City’s struggles, though he only established himself as first choice for the final six games of Mike Phelan’s reign.
Under Marco Silva, Harry Maguire has been selected in every Premier League match and helped his side keep clean sheets against the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United.
However, despite the improved displays under the new manager it is looking too little too late for the Humberside club.
Losing 3-1 to Leicester yesterday, Hull are now four points off safety with only 11 games remaining.
The Sun claim that Newcastle are now looking to make a move in the summer to strengthen their defence in advance of what is increasingly looking like a return to the Premier League, with Harry Maguire of big interest, especially with claims of an imminent England call-up on its way.
When Newcastle (amongst other clubs) were linked with Robert Snodgrass in December, then Hull boss Mike Phelan revealed (see below) that one year extension clauses had been triggered on seven players whose current deals were due to end in June 2017.
One of those seven was Harry Maguire and if as expected Hull City do go down, then it looks certain that most of those players will leave – with the club needing to massively cut costs and also sell them before they are leave for nothing 12 months later, plus of course the players themselves wanting to move on to Premier League clubs.
Harry Maguire, who turned 24 today, actually played in the League Cup quarter-final win over Newcastle and before the game said (see below):
“Newcastle are a Premier League club, with a Premier League manager and Premier League players.”
Whether there is any substance in Newcastle’s supposed interest in Maguire, the better players in the relegated clubs could be one place Rafa Benitez will be looking, if recruiting for a Premier League campaign.
Mike Phelan Friday 23 December:
“What we have done, not just with Robert Snodgrass but a few players here, we have exercised the options that were in their contracts.
“We are ongoing in negotiations with these players and at this present moment in time they are registered at this football club.
“That we hope to change, we hope to get them on the (longer) deals that they deserve and we’ll keeping working on it.
“We’ve got a few (as well as Robert Snodgrass) – Harry Maguire, Jake Livermore, Andy Robertson, Abel Hernandez, Michael Dawson and Josh Tymon. We have taken care of all those issues (triggering one year extensions up to June 2018). It’s a slow process but they’re all on contracts now so we can get down to the business over Christmas.
“I would like to think all of them will commit, I don’t see why not….
“Some are gaining attention from elsewhere purely because of their performances but at this moment in time, they’re with us and hopefully we can keep them.”
Harry Maguire 28 November 2016:
“We’ve had some tough games in the Premier League of late, but we’re ready for tomorrow night’s cup tie.
“We’ve had some tough draws in the competition so far and we’ve got another one tomorrow night when Newcastle visit the KCOM.
“It’s a good game for us to have though. Newcastle are a Premier League club, with a Premier League manager and Premier League players.
“We’re up for the fight though. We want to progress to the last four of the competition and everyone is raring to go.”