Manchester United defender Harry Maguire, who is set to complete his move to West Ham United, has reportedly received a pay-off from the Old Trafford club to complete his move to the Hammers.
According to Neil Custis from The Sun, due to the high wages that Maguire is earning at United, believed to be around £190,000 a week according to the report, the defender will have to take a pay cut to complete the move to the London Stadium.
The report states that United will pay Maguire £6 million to leave Manchester and move to East London. After the two clubs agreed a fee of £30 million, according to The Athletic, all that was left to do was for West Ham to agree personal terms with the defender.
After being stripped of the club captaincy, it seems Maguire has finally gotten the message that he is not part of Erik ten Hag’s plans.
Surprise player encouraged him to join Hammers
According to the report, a surprise name encouraged the midfielder to make the move to the Hammers. Declan Rice, who joined Arsenal last month for £105 million, was reportedly encouraging the 30-year-old defender to make the move.
If Maguire completes the move to West Ham, he could potentially be the new club captain, in what would be a repeat of when he joined United and was handed the same honour under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Pay-off another sad indictment of United’s recruitment
The sale of Maguire will bring an end to the rather bizarre four years at the club for the Englishman, who United drastically overpaid for back in the summer of 2019.
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For United to hand the defender £6 million to move away from Old Trafford and get him off the books is yet another terrible look for United.
The hope with Maguire is he will be one of a number of sales this month to try and combat years of poor spending done by the Old Trafford club.