Harry Maguire’s transition from tiger to fox, has been held up at the last minute, with the deal getting stuck in some toffee.
Everton have tabled an 11th hour £17million bid for the Hull City centre-back, and the Tigers have accepted, meaning the decision is now up to the defender.
Ronald Koeman’s lateness and headline-raising approach to the potential transfer is refreshingly exciting, considering it smacks of a deadline day scenario, rather than just two weeks into the summer transfer window.
Everton have had a £17m bid for Hull City defender Harry Maguire accepted (P.A.) pic.twitter.com/pNKW4bu8q6
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Maguire was a rare shining light during a campaign that would end in relegation for Marco Silva’s side. And at £16million, Leicester City looked to be getting the perfect addition to their ethos of signing huge brutes of centre-backs – Wes Morgan, Robert Huth and Harry Maguire as a back three, would make the Space Jam monsters quiver.
Everton’s move for Maguire makes sense, with Koeman clearly keen to fill his team with youth, and with British youth at that. The Toffees could field a fairly respectable British only XI next season, but hopefully they won’t do that during the Brexit negotiations.
However, the more cynical amongst us will no doubt feel that Everton’s late and public move for Maguire is part of the transfer market poker, in order to show Burnley that they’ve got other irons in the fire, and won’t be held to ransom over Michael Keane.
Maguire is 5/1 to make England’s World Cup squad for Russia in 2018. Whoever the defender joins, get on that.