West Ham United has made a double bid worth more than £60 million ($76.7 million) for Manchester United players Harry Maguire and Scott McTominay.
However, Manchester United has previously rejected bids for both players and has not shown a strong inclination to sell.
West Ham’s manager, David Moyes, is a keen admirer of Maguire and McTominay and is pushing for their signings. While Erik ten Hag, Manchester United’s manager, would ideally like to keep McTominay, he might sanction a sale if the offer is too good to turn down, especially given United’s need to balance the books after recent signings.
West Ham are also looking to strengthen their midfield after the departure of Declan Rice and is close to completing a £32 million move for Ajax’s Edson Alvarez. Talks have been held with James Ward-Prowse, but they have been paused due to cost concerns, making McTominay a more feasible option.
If Maguire were to leave, Manchester United could offer Jonny Evans a contract as a potential replacement. Evans, aged 35, has been playing for United during pre-season. Alternatively, Nice’s Jean-Clair Todibo is also of interest.
Meanwhile, Real Sociedad continues talks with Manchester United over Donny van de Beek, who is considering a move to rejuvenate his career at a new club.
West Ham’s bid for Maguire and McTominay is a significant move in their recruitment drive as they aim to strengthen their squad ahead of the new season. However, whether they can meet the fee and salary requirements set by Manchester United remains to be seen.