PL rivals trump Tottenham in race for 24-year-old with higher wage offer - report
By Harvey Byrne
Leicester are looking to snap up Hull centre-back Harry Maguire ahead of Tottenham by offering more money to him, according to a report.
The Mirror has claimed on its website that the 24-year-old is attracting the Premier League duo and that the Foxes are offering bigger wages than Spurs in a bid to secure his signature.
Maguire has been one of the standout performers for the Hull side which suffered relegation from the English top-flight this year.
He competed in 29 league matches for the Tigers this season, occupying both the centre-back and right-back roles through the campaign.
It also showed how important he was to the side on Sunday as Marco Silva’s team fell to their heaviest defeat of the campaign without him, after Tottenham ran out 7-1 victors on the final day.
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Maguire has now also entered the final year of his contract and he is unlikely to extend it after Hull suffered relegation to the Championship.
This means the Tigers are expected to cash in on the player they brought in from Sheffield United in the summer of 2014 for a fee of £2.5million.
Football Insider verdict:
Maguire is unlikely to come into the team ahead of current Tottenham first choice duo Toby Alderweireld or Jan Vertonghen and there are doubts that he will ever be good enough to fill their void. It is very easy to look like a good defender in a team struggling at the foot of the Premier League, as has been seen previously with the likes of Roger Johnson and Scott Dann. However, it then becomes harder in a better team, as there is little leeway for a mistake, while you can’t make last ditch ‘Match of the Day’ tackles every match. Therefore, Tottenham should refrain from breaking their wage structure for Maguire and if Leicester are willing to offer more wages then so be it. There is certainly better out there.
In other Tottenham transfer news, an agent has given an emphatic response to Spurs’ reported interest in £20million-valued striker.