During the summer transfer window, there were reports that West Ham was close to signing Harry Maguire from Manchester United for £30 million, a deal that appeared to be progressing. However, as the window neared its end, West Ham manager David Moyes redirected his efforts and secured the signing of Greek international Konstantinos Mavropanos instead, a player £10 million cheaper and five years younger than Maguire.
While many West Ham fans welcomed this change, it was a different story for Manchester United supporters, who were hoping to see Maguire leave. It was revealed that United’s manager, Erik ten Hag, needed to generate funds for his own signings, with a deal for Benjamin Pavard falling through due to a lack of available funds.
There were various claims and counterclaims regarding why Maguire’s move to West Ham didn’t materialize. Some believed he didn’t view West Ham as a big enough club, while others thought he wanted to fight for his place at Old Trafford. Another suggestion was that he didn’t want to uproot his family. However, the prevailing explanation was that Maguire and Manchester United couldn’t reach an agreement on his severance pay for the remaining two years of his £190,000-per-week contract.
Kevin Nolan, West Ham’s assistant coach, recently stated on talkSPORT that Moyes had been in contact with Maguire and that the deal came very close to happening. Nevertheless, it ultimately failed due to the financial settlement disagreement between Manchester United and Maguire.
Maguire has now broken his silence and confirmed that the failed move to West Ham was indeed due to their inability to reach a severance agreement with Manchester United. In an interview with The Express, Maguire expressed his desire to play football and stated that the impasse in negotiations led to his decision to stay at Manchester United, where he’s determined to compete for a spot in the team.