We were first linked with Hull center-back Harry Maguire back in February and at that time the Sun reported that Newcastle were in the lead to sign the 24 year-old Hull City center-back.
And today in the Chronicle there’s another report we are interested in the 6ft 2ins central defender.
Harry has been playing so well this season that he is very close to an England call-up after he played once for the England U21 side back in 2012.
Harry Maguire of Hull City
There will be no moves made in the transfer market until promotion is assured, but the news in February was that as soon as promotion is achieved Newcastle will make a move for Maguire.
Maguire is rated at £12M and he’s also a leader and those are some of the qualities Rafa will be looking for in the summer, in addition to wanting players with Premier League experience.
Maguire is a strong and resolute defender who can play in a back four or a back three, which Rafa may want to employ more next season.
We fully expect Rafa to bring in one top center-back this summer with the chances being very high that Chancel Mbemba will be leaving Newcastle after only two years on Tyneside.
That will be a disappointment to a number of Geordie fans who rate Mbemba highly, but he hasn’t played much at all for Rafa this term.
From 2010 Maguire played 166 times with 12 goals in both the Championship and League One for Sheffield United before he moved to Hull City in the summer of 2014 for £2.5M.
Since he’s been at Hull City he’s played 68 times with one goal and this season he’s made 30 appearances for the Tigers and is a regular starter for the side.
Maguire is said to be keen to leave the Tigers in the summer after he has been looking for new and improved terms.
Harry Maguire could very well be the first signing this summer, even though there will be other Premier League clubs interested in signing him.
What do you think.