Sheffield United will continue to hold contract talks with Harry Maguire after it emerged that Wolverhampton Wanderers are monitoring the England under-21 international, writes James Shield.
Sources close to Molineux indicated last night that Maguire, Bramall Lane’s reigning Player of the Year, features on a provisional list of targets complied by manager Kenny Jackett ahead of the new Championship season.
United, who recently saw Ryan Flynn commit his long-term future to the club, have made no secret of the fact they want the defender to follow suit with Nigel Clough arguing Maguire’s development would be best served by remaining in South Yorkshire.
“Negotiations have started,” Clough said. “I think Harry is happy and likes playing for the club.”
“He’s a home bird and we’d hope to get something settled as well. But he’s still maturing as a player and person. I think there’s a lot more to come from him.”
However Jackett could opt to test the 21-year-old’s loyalty by making an official approach for his services after luring Kevin McDonald away from South Yorkshire nine months ago.
McDonald subsequently emerged as an influential member of the team which lifted the League One title last term.
Despite battling against relegation at the start of the campaign, United enjoyed an remarkable upturn in fortune following Clough’s appointment in October, eventually finishing seventh in the table and reaching the semi-finals of the FA Cup.
Clough, speaking earlier this month, also insisted that run of form demonstrates Maguire can achieve his ambitions as a United player.
“Harry has got the right people around him giving him the right advice,” he added. “Let’s say, for example, if he was 24 or 25 and we still weren’t in the Championship then I could completely understand him looking around because he’s got the ability to play at a higher level.
“You can’t buy the experience he’s getting from being involved.”