West Ham United have held talks with Manchester United over a possible double strike of Harry Maguire and Scott McTominay.
That’s according to Sky Sports (via Football Daily ), who report that the Red Devils are not actively considering selling the duo, and if they did, it would require hefty transfer fees.
Maguire, 30, confirmed this summer that he will step down as club captain after speaking with Erik ten Hag, who has since picked Bruno Fernandes as the most suitable choice to take the armband.
The England international is also now in a position where he has fallen significantly down the pecking order; Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane are the manager’s preferred pairing, while Victor Lindelof and Luke Shaw have even been deployed together in central defense over Maguire.
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It is believed that Ten Hag would prefer to keep him as a reliable option, but whether or not that suits Maguire at this stage of his career remains to be seen.
McTominay’s future is uncertain
Meanwhile, McTominay faces a similar challenge. The arrivals of Christian Eriksen and Casemiro last summer saw the Scot’s playing time drop significantly, so with Mason Mount now thrown into the mix, he is unlikely to feature in the starting line-up frequently.
However, with Fred expected to leave in this transfer window, the boss will need McTominay to bolster his midfield, especially if the club are to compete on all fronts next season.