West Ham are considering a new approach for Harry Maguire in January if his lack of game time at Manchester United continues, sources have told ESPN.
The east London club held a series of talks with United in the summer but Maguire ultimately stayed at Old Trafford to continue his fight to revive his career under Erik ten Hag.
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Speaking at St George’s Park earlier this week, the 30-year-old said he had not turned down an offer to move to the London Stadium.
“The real opportunity to go to West Ham, it wasn’t really agreed between the club and myself,” he said.
“It wasn’t just my chance to say, ‘Yeah, I’m going.’ It wasn’t agreed between both clubs so the real opportunity wasn’t there because we didn’t get down to it enough.”
Maguire reiterated his desire for success during his time at United but after starting just two of the club’s 11 games this season, he added: “I’m not going to sit here for the rest of my life and play once a month and if it continues. I’m sure myself and the club will sit down and chat about things.”
Sources have told ESPN that West Ham are encouraged that a deal could be revived in January, especially as United are not expected to stand in the way of his exit.
David Moyes remains a firm admirer of Maguire and a move could also be triggered by the prospect of West Ham centre-back Kurt Zouma’s move to the Saudi Pro League in January.
West Ham are keen to tie Zouma to a new deal as his existing contract expires in the summer of 2025.
Moyes, 28, has been named club captain in the wake of Declan Rice’s summer move to Arsenal and is in talks over a new contract.
However, Saudi Pro League clubs — four of which are now owned by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) — spent heavily on bringing top European stars to the Middle East over the summer and intend to do so again in January. .
Zouma is believed to be a name the PIF are ready to target if West Ham cannot secure a deal, sources have told ESPN.