Sheffield United: Kenny downbeat about his Maguire hopes

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Kenny Jackett, the Wolverhampton Wanderers manager, appears to have pulled-out of the race to sign Harry Maguire.

The Sheffield United defender, who also interests Hull City, admitted it would be a “dream” to play Premier League and European football next season after withdrawing from negotiations over a new contract at Bramall Lane.

With City able to offer both, Jackett said: “On the face of it, European football is a dream for all of us. One thing it does seem is that he’s very much sought after and there’s a lot of speculation surrounding him and it does seem as if he’s going to move imminently.”

Asked how the East Yorkshire club’s interest will impact upon Wolves’ efforts to capture Maguire, Jackett, speaking from their training camp in Dublin, added: “We’ll see. We’re always pursuing good players; it’s a case of if they come into our financial scope and the fact we’re in the Championship now can be a good and a bad thing sometimes depending on the stage of a particular person’s career.”

As The Star revealed earlier today, United rejected a bid worth an initial £1.75m from City for Maguire last week.

Jackett, who has also made two approaches of his own, said: “I don’t like talking about players contracted to other clubs.

“Despite some speculation, Nigel Clough will be trying to pull his team together for the season as we speak and I’m sure will be hoping Harry Maguire plays a part in that. I don’t think we’re in any desperate need for anyone in any position.”

*Twitter: @JamesShield1