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Harry Maguire’s move to West Ham off as Man United centre-back denies agreement

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag is happy for Harry Maguire to fight for his place at the club after his move to West Ham United fell through, reports Sky Sports journalist Dharmesh Sheth.

The Red Devils agreed a £30 million deal with the Hammers for the England international centre-back.

However, Maguire was not keen on leaving Man United unless he was handed a pay-off capable of covering the reduced wages the Hammers offered him.

The 30-year-old also insists that there was never an agreement in place for him to join West Ham, denying any talks with David Moyes.

Maguire was reportedly demanding a £15 million pay-off after Man United offered him just £6m to leave, with the two years left on his £190,000-a-week contract worth £19.7m.

West Ham offered him £120,000 per week and he expected the Red Devils to adequately cover for the rest via a worthy pay-off, and the move is off as both parties could not agree a value.

The Old Trafford club are unlikely to be able to proceed with a move for Bayern Munich defender Benjamin Pavard as a result of Maguire staying.

The £30m they would have received from selling the former Leicester City star would have come in handy in signing the Frenchman, but there are Financial Fair Play constraints in the absence of the money.

Maguire was an unused substitute yesterday during their Premier League opener against Wolverhampton Wanderers, with Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez starting the game at Old Trafford.

Victor Lindelof replaced the Argentine at half-time.

The England international fancies his chances of forcing his way back into the starting XI, and both club and player will benefit if he rediscovers the form that once made him the most expensive defender on the planet.

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