Hull City have issued a statement of their own following Sheffield United’s decision to “reluctantly” accept the Premier League club’s offer for Harry Maguire.
United confirmed this morning that Maguire has been granted permission to hold talks with Steve Bruce’s side after acknowledging that it would be in their bests interests to call an end to a saga which has dominated this summer’s news agenda at Bramall Lane.
But the jockeying for position shows no sign of abating with officials at the KC Stadium insisting they are yet to decide if they will press ahead with the deal.
The statement read: “Sheffield United rejected an offer from the club five days (Wednesday) ago for defender Harry Maguire. This was the club’s final offer and we have since entered into discussions with other transfer targets.
“In light of Sheffield United’s statement this morning the board will meet with manager Steve Bruce this afternoon to determine whether we now wish to pursue the transfer after the South Yorkshire club’s apparent U-turn.”
Maguire, aged 21, had also been the subject of interest from Wolverhampton Wanderers before City entered the race for his services. United rejected bids worth £1.75m and £2m from City before managing director Mal Branningan made this statement to their own official website earlier today. “”We made it clear that we wanted Harry to stay by offering him a new contract at the end of last season, unfortunately he and his representatives chose a different path.
“However, as he is under contract at Bramall Lane, we exercised our right to set our own valuation of him and after numerous bids which did not meet our expectations, Hull City increased their offer and we have reluctantly accepted.
“As we have previously stated, Sheffield United are not under pressure to sell our players but on this occasion it was deemed the best for all parties and now we move on with the aim of assisting Nigel Clough to strengthen his squad.”