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Harry Maguire’s wage demands could scupper West Ham United transfer

West Ham United manager David Moyes admires Manchester United centre-back Harry Maguire but fears his wage demands are too high.

Maguire joined Man United in 2019, signing from Leicester City for an estimated fee of £80 million – a record price for a defender. He was made club captain, taking over from Ashley Young.

After a reasonably solid start to life at the Red Devils, the England international soon became a divisive figure at Old Trafford.

He received widespread criticism for his performances, with many people calling for him to be dropped.

Lisandro Martinez was brought in from Ajax last summer. The Argentine soon formed a solid partnership with Raphael Varane in defence, limiting Maguire to just eight league starts.

The 30-year-old is one of a few players who could be allowed to leave Man Utd in the coming weeks.

According to The Telegraph, former United manager Moyes would be interested in bringing the centre-back to West Ham but has concerns over his wage demands.

The Hammers have just gone through a mixed campaign. They ended their 43-year wait for a major trophy, defeating Fiorentina in the final of the Europa Conference League.

By contrast, their league performances weren’t so impressive. The east Londoners were in a relegation battle for much of the season before eventually settling in 14th place.

Several incomings are expected at the London Stadium this summer. The likely sale of Declan Rice will provide them with a huge boost to their transfer window budget.

A new centre-back will be welcome at West Ham. Veteran defender Angelo Ogbonna is yet to agree a new contract, with his current deal set to expire at the end of the month.

This may leave Moyes with only Nayef Aguerd, Kurt Zouma and Thilo Kehrer to choose from.