Blades are told to brace themselves for third City bid

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough and his Hull City counterpart Steve Bruce
Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough and his Hull City counterpart Steve Bruce
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Hull City manager Steve Bruce has confirmed he will make another bid for Harry Maguire, writes James Shield.

Sheffield United rejected an offer, understood to be worth £1.75m, from the KC Stadium last week despite being informed by the defender’s representative that his client wanted to postpone talks about a new contract at Bramall Lane.

But Bruce is poised to test the League One club’s resolve by making a third attempt to sign the 21-year-old.

Speaking from City’s training camp in Portugal, Bruce said: “We like him and we tabled a bid which was rejected.

“I think we’ll revisit it. We’ve watched him a lot over the last year and he’s someone we’ve got an interest in so let’s see if we can get a deal done.”

With Wolverhampton Wanderers indicating they have now withdrawn from the race to capture Maguire, Bruce added: “There’s a cap on how far we’ll be prepared to go but that’s the same for any player.

“I’m all for young British players and trying to give them a chance but with that comes a huge premium.

“In the old days you could get a League One player for £200,000. That’s not the case anymore.”

Kenny Jackett, Bruce’s counterpart at Molineux, said: “I don’t think we’re in any desperate need for anyone in any position.

“I don’t like talking about players contracted to other clubs. Nigel Clough will be trying to pull his team together for the season as we speak.”

*Twitter: @JamesShield1