That’s according to Fabrizio Romano in his exclusive CaughtOffside column, who also provides an update on the Hammers’ interest in Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay.
McTominay appears to have a chance of staying at Manchester United, with West Ham showing an interest in the Scotland international but not yet making a move for him.
It’s also possible that Maguire’s move be delayed until United recruits a replacement defender, so things may not be as near as some have assumed.
“For Harry Maguire, the agreement between Manchester United and West Ham is done, and it’s a £30m fee,” Romano stated, discussing the latest on these two United players potentially transferring to the London Stadium.
“Now, negotiations over personal terms with the player will continue; but it’s also important to note that Man United wants to move forward on signing a new center-back before giving the final green light to the Maguire move.” So it’s a domino effect, I’d say, with personal terms and a replacement signing key.
“West Ham have also been linked with Scott McTominay, but they are currently focused on Maguire – they need to agree on personal terms with Maguire, so that is their priority.” McTominay has sparked a lot of interest, but there hasn’t been a new bid yet.
“As I’ve always said, McTominay can stay at Manchester United because Erik ten Hag likes him.”
United had a good summer, bringing in Mason Mount, Andre Onana, and Rasmus Hojlund, but player sales will almost certainly be required to help balance the books.