SHEFFIELD UNITED: Foxes want Maguire

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SHEFFIELD United were last night waiting to discover if Leicester City will pursue their interest in Harry Maguire.

Sources at the King Power Stadium revealed yesterday that Nigel Pearson, the City manager, has identified United’s teenage defender as a possible target as he bids to strengthen his options at centre-half.

However Danny Wilson, Pearson’s counterpart at Bramall Lane, told The Star that Bramall Lane’s coaching staff have yet to receive bids for any of their players following Matthew Lowton’s transfer to Aston Villa earlier this month.

“I’m certainly not aware of anything that’s on the table for any of our lads,” he said. “I would tell you if there was, but there isn’t.”

Bankrolled by a consortium of Thai businessmen, Pearson possesses the financial muscle to capture Maguire.

But the path to his signature, should City press ahead, threatens to be far from smooth.

Having identified home-grown talent as being pivotal to their future, United’s hierarchy know selling Maguire would provoke a furious reaction among the club’s support. And the player himself, who made more than 40 League One appearances last term, has insisted that regular first-team football is his priority.

Wilson, a confirmed admirer of City striker Jeffrey Schlupp, travels to Malta later today ahead of next week’s friendlies against Zejtun Corinthians and Hibernians.

Pearson, who is shortly expected to unveil Hull’s Robert Koren as his latest recruit after activating a release clause in the Slovenian’s contract, must bolster City’s rearguard having sold Matt Mills and Sol Bamba to Bolton Wanderers and Trabzonspor respectively.

The arrival of Portsmouth’s Marko Futacs is likely to hasten Schlupp’s departure.

Schlupp, a Ghana international was on the verge of joining United in January.