SHEFFIELD United have warned rivals clubs that Harry Maguire will not be allowed to leave Bramall Lane without a fight.
Watford are understood to have joined Leicester City in the scramble for the teenage centre-half’s services after he delivered a series of commanding displays en route to the League One play-off final last term.
Maguire, who travelled to Malta with the rest of Danny Wilson’s squad yesterday, has yet to attract a concrete bid from any of his admirers.
But should one materialise before the start of the new season it is likely to elicit a terse response from Bramall Lane.
United officials have resolved not to consider any bids for Maguire, aged 19, unless they are on a par with the undisclosed seven-figure sum Aston Villa paid for Matthew Lowton earlier this month.
Wilson’s board of directors, who have previously acknowledged they will not attempt to hold want-away players hostage, adopted the hardline stance after growing convinced Maguire is unlikely to press for a move at this stage of his career.
Meanwhile, United have completed the signing of former Walsall full-back Darryl Westlake.
The 21-year-old put pen to paper on a two year contract, which contains an option for a third, at the club’s training camp in Malta.
Although Westlake was a free agent, United’s League One rivals were entitled to compensation because they had offered him fresh terms.