Sheffield United: Blades issue new Maguire warning

Harry Maguire plays against Wolverhampon Wanderers last season
Harry Maguire plays against Wolverhampon Wanderers last season

Wolverhampton Wanderers and Hull City have been warned not to make any more derisory offers for Sheffield United defender Harry Maguire, writes James Shield.

And Mal Brannigan, the League One club’s managing director, insisted the centre-half’s admirers will be making a grave mistake if they believe they Bramall Lane’s hierarchy can be outmanoeuvred in the stand-off which surrounds his future in South Yorkshire.

“At the moment we are looking forward to Harry coming back for pre-season training,” Brannigan told The Star. “We are not looking for any more bids.”

United, who begin preparing for the new season next week, rejected approaches worth £1m and £1.5m from Wolves earlier this month despite being informed by Maguire’s representative that his client wanted to postpone talks about improving his contract.

City are ready to pay around £2m to acquire the 21-year-old’s services but, like their counterparts at Molineux, have shown no inclination to be drawn into an auction.

With reports that Leicester City have also entered the chase providing wide of the mark - sources in the east Midlands dispute claims they made an approach of their own earlier this week - Brannigan’s words confirm manager Nigel Clough is under no pressure to sell. Indeed, United have been steadfast in their refusal to provide City or Wolves with even the slightest encouragement that they are ready to open negotiations regarding Maguire’s future.

However, Clough did recently admit United could be tempted to change that stance should a bid which enabled them to improve “two or three positions” be received.

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