West Ham coach Kevin Nolan has admitted that the club were close to signing Harry Maguire in the summer.
In what was another busy transfer window for our Hammers, it was reported that a bid for the England centre-back Maguire was set to be successful, with the player understood to be keen – but the wage situation proved a stumbling block and therefore a deal did not materialise.
Following the collapse of the transfer, West Ham did not hesitate to move on from the situation, and instead concluded a deal for Greek international defender Konstantinos Mavropanos – whom of which is in line to make his debut for the club, with our next match against Manchester City a probable occasion.
Maguire though has remained at Manchester United, and Kevin Nolan has now admitted when discussing the player on talkSPORT that a deal was close, and that David Moyes had been in dialogue with the defender.
“I think it was very close, I was a bit upset that we didn’t make it happen,” admitted the former Irons captain and now coach for Moyes.
“I think it was just in the end, the money didn’t get sorted from what I can gather which is obviously upsetting from our behalf because we wanted to sign him.
“Probably upsetting from Harry’s behalf and probably United’s behalf as well.”
Despite the failed move for Maguire, West Ham have since started the season well, and currently sit in 4th place with champions Manchester City set to visit the London Stadium this weekend.