Spurs: Reporter claims “classy” star joining “could be a potential issue”
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Tottenham Hotspur target Harry Maguire could fit the mould of Ange Postecoglou’s high-octane system and succeed at playing out from deep, but there are some doubts, according to journalist Paul Brown.
Which clubs are keen on Harry Maguire?
One report in Spain via Football365 claim that Tottenham could be about to ‘accelerate’ their pursuit of Maguire this summer as his time at Old Trafford ticks towards a close.
Spurs boss Postecoglou is believed to want to ‘focus all of his efforts on Maguire’ and the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium has emerged as a ‘possible destination’ for the £190k-a-week ace.
According to Sky Sports, West Ham United have emerged as another potential suitor for Maguire and have held early discussions with the England international over a move to the London Stadium.
Nevertheless, a gap in valuation is said to exist between the Hammers and Manchester United, who would ask for a considerable bid even to consider letting Maguire depart in this window.
Last term, Maguire, who was hailed at “classy” recently, made 31 appearances in all competitions for the Red Devils and was mainly used as a rotational squad option, as per Transfermarkt.
In conversation with Lord Ping cited by METRO, former Tottenham and Manchester United striker Teddy Sheringham encouraged Maguire to move to Spurs this summer, stating: “Harry Maguire would be an excellent option for Tottenham. Whenever you watch Maguire play for England, he rarely lets anyone down. He is a solid, proven professional that is well suited for the Premier League.”
Of course, the former Leicester City defender was recently stripped of the Manchester United captaincy and Bruno Fernandes has been appointed as his successor.
Speaking to Football FanCast, journalist Brown thinks that Maguire to Tottenham is a transfer he could see ‘working out’ under Postecoglou, though he also stated that his pace could be a “potential issue”.
Brown told FFC: “I think the manager and he way he wants to play, you know, with a kind of high tempo, let’s go at people kind of style. I think Maguire’s ability in possession would be quite important for that, finding that first pass out of defence. I think he fits in possibly quite well there. The only thing I would say is that I don’t think the Spurs backline is massively blessed with pace at the moment and neither is Maguire, so that could be a potential issue. In principle, it’s one that I could see working out.”
What next for Tottenham Hotspur?
Spurs boss Postecoglou will be keen to add to his additions of James Maddison, Gugliemo Vicario and Manor Solomon in the next few weeks as he readies his side for action in 2023/24, as per Transfermarkt.
Football London journalist Alisdair Gold has taken to Twitter X to reveal that Tottenham could be set to bid for Fulham central defender Tosin Adarabioyo, stating on the social media platform: “Also understand there is a growing expectation Spurs will make a bid for Fulham’s Tosin Adarabioyo as one CB arrival. The 25-year-old is believed to be keen on the move and Spurs have shown a lot of interest in him. Again, they can’t hang around though.”
In light of speculation surrounding the future of Harry Kane in north London, Flamengo striker Pedro has emerged as an alternative in case the England international is sold to Bayern Munich, according to The Independent.
Juventus striker Dusan Vlahovic has also been earmarked to replace Kane and has been made available due to financial problems at his current employers, as per Football Insider.