Harry Maguire of Manchester United and James Ward-Prowse of Southampton have reached agreements on contracts worth a combined total of roughly £60 million with West Ham United.
Each transaction is estimated to be valued at around £30 million. 30-year-old Maguire was stripped of his Red Devils leadership this season after last season’s Old Trafford struggles with first-team appearances.
He’s said to be eager to depart United and although personal terms have not yet been agreed upon, there shouldn’t be any issues.
Maguire joined United in August 2019 for a defender transfer record £80 million. Although Maguire played 30 times for United last season, he only started eight games in the league.
The United ex-captain has been a consistent member of the starting eleven for England under Gareth Southgate despite his issues at United, and started for each of the team’s five games at the 2022 World Cup.
While Southampton, who were demoted to the Championship last season, have previously snubbed West Ham’s tries to sign Ward-Prowse, their efforts to do so have continued throughout the summer. Although it had seemed inevitable that Southampton would lose their captain, it now appears that it may be unavoidable.