Hull City manager Steve Bruce could be set to perform a major u-turn and meet Sheffield United’s asking price for Harry Maguire.
But, in a effort to break the deadlock surrounding the defender’s future at Bramall Lane, Bruce is thought to have designed a compromise agreement whereby United would receive an initial £2m downpayment with a further seven figure sum payable in either add-ons or instalments.
Should the proposal be officially sanctioned by City’s board of directors, The Star understands it could be presented to their United counterparts within the next 24 to 48 hours.
However, it remains unclear if the plan would prove acceptable to manager Nigel Clough and the League One club’s hierarchy following repeated claims they are under “no pressure” to sell the 21-year-old centre-half.
Members of City’s administration department travelled to Switzerland yesterday for this afternoon’s Europa League third qualifying round draw following a training camp in Portuguese resort of Portimão.
United, whose development squad visits Stocksbridge Park Steels tonight (kick-off 7.45pm), play their first pre-season friendly at Burton Albion tomorrow before facing Northampton Town and Dundee next week.
Maguire has made nearly 170 senior appearances for United since graduating from their Redtooth Academy three years ago.