Harry Maguire Next Club odds: Villa close in on West Ham as hot tip to sign defender

Ever since the end of last season, speculation around the future of Harry Maguire has been persistent. The 30-year-old fell down the pecking order at Manchester United last season under Erik Ten Hag and with the European Championships set to take place next summer, it was thought that Maguire would seek out first-team football.

His fate was seemingly sealed when he was stripped of the captaincy at Old Trafford and West Ham had a late offer in the summer window accepted by Manchester United. For whatever reason, the London outfit couldn't agree personal terms with the player which left Maguire with few options and he remains a Manchester United player.

Could West Ham now come back in for the player in January or will interest from elsewhere prove to be more appealing to Maguire? Alternatively, might he now be more settled at Old Trafford after a string of starts?

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Maguire plays himself back into form

After starting the season down the pecking order at Old Trafford, defensive injuries gave Maguire a route back into the starting lineup at Old Trafford. The England defender grasped the opportunity with both hands and quickly established himself as a first-team player again after starting the match against Brentford in October.

Maguire has gone on to be one of United's most consistent players this season in an otherwise dismal campaign for the Red Devils. The run of starts and form saw Maguire put himself back in front of Victor Lindelof and Raphael Varane in the defensive pecking order and his place in the England Euros squad no longer seems at risk.

Will a Maguire injury derail his transfer plans?

Unfortunately for Maguire, his impressive season has been derailed by an injury. The former United captain picked up a groin injury in the loss against Bayern Munich in December and hasn't been available for selection ever since. United's form has dipped further without him which has left for Ten Hag and the United fans longing for his return.

Now that he's wanted by his manager and fans, Maguire is likely to elect to stay at Old Trafford until the summer, at least, while ant potential suitors are unlikely to be interested in splashing the cash on an injured player.

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Harry Maguire next club odds – Current outrights

West Ham – 8/1

Despite his proposed move to West Ham collapsing in the summer, Harry Maguire's most likely destination remains the London Stadium with bookmakers offering odds of 8/1. David Moyes has publicly spoken about Maguire in recent months suggesting that the club will go back in for him in January while Maguire has denied that he rejected them.

The club still have a significant amount of money at their disposal after the sale of Declan Rice to Arsenal and could therefore be in a better position than most to act on their interest this winter. In the summer that magic number was rumoured to be £35m but that may well have increased now Maguire has found his best form again.

Aston Villa – 10/1

Aston Villa have had an incredible first half to the season and currently sit in second place in the Premier League table. They will legitimately be in a title race in the second half of the season which means the club should act this winter to capitalise on a potentially once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

While they are stacked in forward positions, they could certainly do with some defensive reinforcements. Tyrone Mings won't play again this season while Pau Torres is also currently struggling with a recurring fitness issue. Bringing in an in-form and confident Maguire could do wonders for the Villains and at 10/1, they could be a shrewd bet.

Any Saudi club – 12/1

As with any big-name player in Europe, the lure of Saudi Arabia is always a possibility. Maguire perhaps isn't a “glamour” signing akin to the likes of Benzema, Ronaldo and Neymar but neither was Jordan Henderson. Steven Gerrard has called for reinforcements this winter and he has shown an appetite for signing players he is familiar with. Could Maguire be the next man on his radar?

Andy is a freelance Sports Journalist with ten years of experience covering football in the United Kingdom and abroad for various publications including the Manchester Evening News, UtdReport and Football Whispers. Andy also has a keen interest in basketball, cricket, golf and tennis and has covered major sporting events such as the Masters in Augusta.