Former Manchester United captain Harry Maguire is demanding a “massive” £15million pay-off from the club to join West Ham this summer, according to the Scottish Sun.
The newspaper reported on its website on 15 August that, despite having already been offered a £6million windfall for his wage reduction, the England regular will demand a higher compensation fee as he does not believe that fee is enough.
Maguire will demand the new fee as the drop from his current £190,000 per week to the £120,000 he is being offered at West Ham amounts to £14.5million over a four-year contract. The defender is unhappy at the way he has been treated by the club.
Maguire’s demands will understandably throw a spanner in the works, as despite United’s clear desire to see him leave the club this summer, it is unknown whether they will give in to the new insistence of this payment.
Ultimately, Maguire’s claims are fair. If that is the money he is set to lose as the result of a deal he wasn’t pushing for in the first place, after being forced out of the club, then he should be properly compensated. For West Ham though, it is a less than ideal situation.
There were hopes at the club last week that, following the opening weekend of Premier League football, they would be able to wrap up the England international’s signing at the beginning of this week. This now will not be the case.
The news comes following Erik ten Hag’s calls for Maguire to either step up, perform in a United shirt and fight for his place at Old Trafford, or leave the club looking for regular football. The latter option still seems most likely, but the demands he has made will certainly be putting doubts in heads.