Harry Maguire cost Manchester United more than what clubs have spent combined on West Ham-bound Danny Ings.
United splashed £80million to bring Maguire to Old Trafford from Leicester City, making him the world's most expensive defender at the time. And that transfer price is higher than all the moves Ings has made in his career to date, that amount to a total of £64m.
The striker is poised to join the Hammers from Aston Villa for £15m as the East Londoners seek to retain their Premier League status this season. It's understood that the aforementioned price includes add-ons, and the transfer will be completed when Ings undergoes his medical.
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Before his switch to the London Stadium, Ings cost Villa £25m in 2021. The Villains snagged the English ace from Southampton in 2019, who brought him for £18m from Liverpool, and the Reds paid Burnley £8m to sign the Winchester native. Prior to that, Burnley prised Ings away from Bournemouth for just under £1m.
But despite their gaping difference in transfer value over the years, Maguire may even end up playing alongside Ings at West Ham soon. The defender's fallen out of favour at Manchester United, where his exorbitant price tag no longer guarantees him a first-team start under no-nonsense boss Erik ten Hag.
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And the Hammers are reportedly mulling over a loan move for the England star to bolster their defence. However, the Hammers will have to brace themselves for a battle for Maguire with Ings' former club Villa who are also in the race for the centre-back. It remains to be seen if United will sanction a departure before the January deadline.
If the Hammers win the race for Maguire's signature, both he and Ings could have to get used to a new manager, as current West Ham boss David Moyes is reportedly facing the sack if the club loses their next match to fellow relegation battlers Everton. If the Hammers swing the axe on Moyes, it could even result in the Scotsman replacing Frank Lampard at the Toffees.
Former Burnley manager Sean Dyche, who worked with Ings at Burnley, is a frontrunner for the West Ham job on an interim basis should the position become available.
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