Tottenham could explore a move for Harry Maguire in January as Ange Postecoglou views the Manchester United outcast as a leader.
According to Fichajes, Manchester United outcast Harry Maguire could become the subject of interest from Tottenham in January. Ange Postecoglou seeks defensive reinforcements in the next window and could view Maguire as a leader his defensive ranks lack at the moment.
Harry Maguire has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. The 30-year-old defender remained at Manchester United beyond the summer transfer window, despite having links to a move away from the club.
West Ham United were close to signing him, but after complications in the deal, Manchester United decided to keep him anyway. While Erik ten Hag continues to ignore his presence, the €85 million defender remains fourth or fifth choice in the current pecking order at the club.
Maguire then came in for criticism from fans and pundits alike for his unfortunate own goal against Scotland while on England duty. The abuse from everywhere went overboard, which Southgate condemned with other players.
Maguire recently opened up on the situation but showed that he remains as strong as ever and ready to accept any challenges that come his way. With club football resuming at the weekend, nothing has changed at Manchester United.
He remained on the bench, which may be the case for the foreseeable future. Hence, Manchester United could offload the defender who cost them €85 million many years ago. There are clubs expected to revisit their interest, but the most interesting one here is Tottenham.
Spurs have made an explosive start to the campaign under the management of Ange Postecoglou. They will have limited games compared to their rivals due to no European football. The Australian manager still wants to reinforce his squad in January.
He has eyes on bringing in a new defender and could target Maguire for his qualities and leadership aspects. There are a few outcasts at Tottenham, too, with Eric Dier one of those who could depart when the window reopens.
While Tottenham have an established partnership of Micky van de Ven and Cristian Romero looking solid so far, the depth aspect looks weak. Adding someone like Maguire would improve their squad, especially if Spurs are in the running for the title or a top-four finish.
For Manchester United, it is a tricky situation to let Maguire leave mid-season. For starters, they might not oppose him joining another team. They could consider Tottenham a direct rival if the Red Devils revive their current form and may see a sale risky from many angles.