West Ham are “unlikely” to make a second offer for Manchester United defender Harry Maguire, according to the Daily Mail.
The Hammers have already had a £20m proposal knocked back for the England international, with the Red Devils reportedly demanding £40m.
However, Maguire’s asking price is not believed to be the main obstacle stopping the transfer from going ahead.
The Mail claim that the 30-year-old’s wages are a major problem, with the centre-back currently earning £190,000 a week with his current team.
In addition to Maguire’s salary demands, it is thought that he is “happy” to stay at Old Trafford and fight for his place, despite being stripped of the captain’s armband by manager Erik ten Hag.
West Ham may have to look at other targets
With a move for Maguire seemingly unrealistic, manager David Moyes will have to consider other options. Technical director Tim Steidten is believed to have recommended Jonathan Tah.
Steidten knows the German international, having worked with him at Bayer Leverkusen and the player has already said that he is keen on moving to the Premier League:
“The market is still open. Anything can happen. Of course, I’m aware of what I have here, and I appreciate that. But I’m the same open and listen to other things. There was also interest from other leagues, but it has always been my goal to play in the Premier League at some point. Because it’s simply the best league. Competing at this level is attractive, of course also at my age.”
It has been suggested that Tah could be available for around €20m (£17m) but it remains to be seen whether Moyes will choose to pursue the centre-half.
Tensions are building inside the club
Reports this weekend claim that Moyes and Steidten are at loggerheads over West Ham’s transfer targets. The Scot has turned down many of the players recommended to him by his new technical director.
It is believed that the main reason behind that is down to Moyes wanting players with Premier League experience. After seeing many of the recruits that were brought in from abroad last summer fail, the Irons boss wants to look closer to home for new signings. That is why Maguire, Scott McTominay, James Ward-Prowse and Conor Gallagher have all been targeted.