Harry Maguire’s move from Manchester United to West Ham is at risk of collapsing due to issues relating to personal terms.
Maguire currently earns just short of £200,000 a week under Erik ten Hag, and a move to West Ham would see a significant drop in this salary, which Maguire may not be willing to accept, hence the need for United to part-fund his salary – Maguire may stay at United and fight for his place.
It is said that as an alternative, West Ham are instead “hurriedly” turning to Bayer Leverkusen’s Odilon Kossounou, and are plotting a £30 million bid.
West Ham sporting director Tim Steidten previously worked for Leverkusen and so knows the player well – the alternative option to Maguire that West Ham have found puts Maguire’s move to the London club in jeopardy.
Further to this, the deal for the Leverkusen defender may suit West Ham more than a deal for Maguire as the German club “may even be open to a loan deal with a guaranteed buy later.”
With Maguire having turned 30 and Kossounou just 22, the Ivorian may represent a better value-for-money signing on what is likely to be a lower wage package.
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