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Harry Maguire Transfer News & Odds


Harry Maguire Transfer News & Odds

Once considered one of the Premier League's most underrated centre-backs while at Leicester, it has all gone horribly wrong for Harry Maguire in the past 18 months of his career.

Having been much maligned by both fans and the media, perhaps for the sake of his career, it is time for a move away from the Theatre of Dreams. A move away from the toxic environment he has found himself in at Manchester United could help Maguire regain the confidence that he has clearly been lacking for some time, and by extension, get him back to playing at his best and get his career back on track.

The move to the Red Devils ultimately hasn’t worked out, but a fresh start elsewhere is still possible for Maguire. And while he has started showing some decent form this season, Erik ten Hag’s decision to play Luke Shaw ahead of him at left centre-back has raised more questions than answers.

Maguire is a good player. With some impressive performances for England at the World Cup, we saw that he can still play to a high standard. There would be no shortage of suitors for the Englishman were he to be made available for a move away, as Maguire would benefit a host of Premier League sides, So, here are the teams that Maguire has been linked with a move to in the January transfer window....

Club Latest Odds
Newcastle United 7/1
Aston Villa 7/1
Leicester City 9/1
West Ham 9/1
Tottenham Hotspur 12/1
Chelsea 20/1

Newcastle Odds: 7/1

Newcastle have made an amazing start to this Premier League season, surprising not only their own fans, but also the fans of the other 19 clubs in the division.

The Magpies are currently third in the table, with the best defensive record in the league (just 11 goals conceded). To build on the fantastic season this his side are having so far, Eddie Howe will surely be looking to Newcastle's new owners for a huge injection of cash this January.

Newcastle have already been linked with a host of big-fee names, but have also surprisingly been linked with Harry Maguire, a name that will not command any outrageous fee from the Magpies. While Sven Botman and Fabian Schar have been outstanding at the back so far, adding some depth in terms of a centre-back (alongside big-money signings further up the pitch) surely makes sense if Newcastle want to make this a season to remember.

The Magpies will need bodies as they look to make their mark on multiple fronts - depth will be necessary for Howe's men as they look to achieve surprise Champions League qualification based on their form so far. Newcastle are also competing in the two domestic cups - they face Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup, and take on Leicester in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup. They will then move on to the two-legged semi-final phase of that competition if they beat the Foxes.

A good run in the FA Cup will also present Newcastle with a chance to break their silverware duck, so they will need to balance the cups with their Champions League charge - Eddie Howe can only do that with some fresh additions in January. There is a feel-good factor around the club currently, and in such an environment, away from the jeers and criticism of Manchester United, Maguire would surely thrive, whether that be as a starter or as a squad rotation player.

The odds of Harry Maguire joining Newcastle are 7/1 - click on the link to claim this bet in your bet slip!

Aston Villa Odds: 7/1

Aston Villa have been in resurgent form under Unai Emery, winning three of the five Premier League games that the Spaniard has taken charge of. Emery has so far coaxed good performances out of his centre-back pairing of Ezri Konsa and Tyrone Mings, but that surely can't last.

Mings has never played to a consistently high standard for Villa, being much maligned during Steven Gerrard's tenure for his poor performances at the back. The same can be said of Konsa, though to a lesser extent, as while he has not been as poor as Mings, he has also never been a standout player for Villa either.

The signing of Harry Maguire could change this - a step down to a smaller club like Aston Villa is exactly what his career needs. In a much less pressurised environment, Maguire could regain his confidence, and by extension, the impressive form that initially earned him an £80m move to United in the first place.

Maguire is a natural leader, and that seems to be something this current Villa side are lacking in ever since the departure of Jack Grealish - a figurehead, someone to lead the team through adversity. Maguire would surely be an excellent step up from Mings.

The odds of Harry Maguire joining Aston Villa are 7/1.

Leicester City Odds: 9/1

Leicester have had a mixed season so far, flirting with relegation at the beginning of the campaign before doing well to recover after a dismal start in which it took them eight games to register their first league victory of the season.

After a torrid run of form, they now sit in 13th and are relatively safe. But they are not completely out of the woods yet, with recent unnecessary losses in games against Bournemouth and an underwhelming Liverpool side giving cause for concern. Brendan Rodgers is going to have to work on the defensive side of his squad this window, with the Foxes having the joint fourth-worst defence in the division this season, having shipped 31 goals.

If Leicester want to ensure they are not in any relegation scrap come May, defensive reinforcements should be a priority. So a move for their former player Maguire, who played the best football of his career at the King Power Stadium, makes sense. The Foxes are troubled in central defence - mainstay Jonny Evans has been out with a calf injury in recent games, and last completed a full 90 minutes all the way back in October, having played every league minute available prior.

In case Evans fails to recover or sustains any more injuries, cover is needed at centre-half. And while Wout Faes has been relatively solid for Leicester this season, his recent horror-show performance against Liverpool might have convinced Rodgers to dip into the market to add to his backline.

In addition, Caglar Soyuncu's contract expires at the end of this season, and it looks unlikely that the club will offer the Turk fresh terms. He seems to have fallen out of favour having previously been a mainstay in the side, with the defender making just one league appearance this season. It looks likely he will depart with Atletico Madrid showing interest, so why not pre-empt Soyuncu’s likely departure by bringing in a ready-made replacement in Harry Maguire?

Leicester have some issues with their current centre-back options, so why not try to rectify those problems by bringing in an ex-player who was outstanding in the position?

This transfer is currently at 9/1 odds.

West Ham Odds: 9/1

West Ham are in a similar situation to Leicester, in that they are likely to be a part of the relegation fight this year. The Hammers are in a much more dire position than Leicester however, with David Moyes's men currently sat just outside the relegation zone in 17th place.

Moyes is facing problems in all areas of his squad - the forwards are failing to reproduce the outstanding form they showed last season, his big-money midfield signing has failed to have an impact, and the defence has been ravaged by a number of issues.

New signing Thilo Kehrer has so far failed to impress since his move from PSG, with the German so far having been unable to adjust to the frenetic pace of the Premier League. Kurt Zouma has been in and out of the team due to injuries, and both Craig Dawson (32) and Angelo Ogbonna (34) could be set to leave the club at the end of this season, with both their contracts having just six months left on them.

The centre-back situation is problematic at the moment, and so another defender is needed in January. Perhaps a short-term loan deal for Maguire is something that could work for West Ham.

A move to the Hammers is currently at 9/1 odds.

Tottenham Hotspur Odds: 12/1

Tottenham are in desperate need of additions this month, with the race for the top four heating up.

Arsenal and Manchester City are way out ahead, which leaves Newcastle, Tottenham, Manchester United and Liverpool all fighting it out for the remaining two Champions League spots. Therefore, new signings are needed if Spurs want to qualify for the Champions League next season.

Antonio Conte's men have been in pretty poor form recently - before their win over Crystal Palace on Wednesday, Spurs had conceded two or more goals in a game for seven matches - their worst run since 1988. Conte went on to complain about the club's ambitions in a post-match rant after the Villa defeat, lamenting at how much the rest of the top six can afford to spend.

Therefore, while Conte does need backing, the question is will he actually get said backing from the notoriously tight-fisted club chairman Daniel Levy? It doesn't seem likely that Levy will sanction any big money moves in January, which may force Conte to look elsewhere for additions.

Rather than perhaps signing a top-class centre-half like he would have wanted, he may have to settle for a Harry Maguire-type signing. Maguire will not command a large transfer fee, which may appeal to Levy and therefore make the transfer more likely to happen. The majority of Conte's signings he has made while at the club have worked out, with the likes of Rodrigo Bentancur, Dejan Kulusevski and Ivan Perisic performing well under the Italian.

If Maguire were to sign for Spurs, would the Italian manager have a similar effect on the Englishman and get him playing well again?

The odds of Maguire joining the North London side are 12/1.

Chelsea Odds: 20/1

We can surely expect another spending spree from Todd Boehly's Chelsea in this month. They spent heavily in the summer window, outlaying around £270m on eighg players, splashing their cash on potential future superstars and ready-made ones like.

The Blues have already made moves this January, spending around £45m on defender Benoit Badiashile and striker David Datro Fofana. But there are reports persisting that indicate that the Blues are still on the hunt for another centre-back. RB Leipzig's Josko Gvardiol has long been linked with an eye-watering £90m move to Stamford Bridge, and based on Boehly's transfer window actions after just a few months as owner, it is highly likely that the move could materialise.

Or could Chelsea go another route? Harry Maguire has also been linked with a move to the Blues, and he would cost a fraction of the fee that Leipzig are demanding for Gvardiol. If the Maguire signing were to go through, he would be a welcome addition to a squad that has been depleted by injuries.

The Blues have ten players currently out injured, with at least seven of those injured being first-team players. Alongside the likes of Reece James, Ben Chilwell, Mason Mount and Christian Pulisic, Wesley Fofana has now been ruled out of action for the rest of this month, so bringing in a backup defender for Fofana makes sense.

Fofana may sustain yet more injuries once he returns (the Frenchman has already missed 18 games through injury), so a move for Maguire make sense, either as a short-term stopgap or potentially a long-term solution.

Thiago Silva, who is 38 years of age, sees his contract expire at the end of the season - might Chelsea be making a wise move in bringing in a Premier League-experienced player like Maguire in this window, in case Silva either gets injured further down the line, or doesn’t get his contract renewed and a quick replacement is needed.

The odds of Maguire joining Chelsea are 20/1.