By Richard Parks
Tottenham are in a three-club £50million hunt to sign Leicester City defender Harry Maguire this summer, according to a report.
The Sun claim Spurs are battling with Arsenal and Manchester United to land the England centre-back and that two verbal offers in excess of £40million have been tabled this season.
It is said that Leicester rejected the bids and are holding out for a £50million-plus fee as they look to triple the £17million plus add-ons they paid Hull City for him last summer.
The Sun report that Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino regards Maguire as a potentially ideal replacement for unsettled centre-back Toby Alderweireld.
The Belgium international has reportedly rejected a new contract from Spurs and has been frozen out of the team despite recovering from a hamstring injury that sidelined him for months earlier in the campaign.
Football Insider verdict:
Maguire has certainly had an impressive debut season for Leicester, and his consistency and durability has put him on the radar of the Premier League big hitters. The 25-year-old has started all 33 league matches for the Foxes and made the move from relegation strugglers Hull appear an easy one. But is he the answer for Spurs? Supporters would be forgiven for feeling a little underwhelmed were the proceeds of Alderweireld’s seemingly inevitable transfer to be spent on a centre-back who possesses little of his class and composure. Maguire is a decent player with the potential to be a very good one, but he is no Alderweireld. Few defenders are.
In other Tottenham news, ‘I am so sorry’ – Pochettino offers heartfelt apology to senior Tottenham player after bust-up.