The news today is that Newcastle will make a move for their center-back target Harry Maguire, now that Hull City have been relegated to the Championship following their devastating 4-0 loss at Crystal Palace yesterday.
All has seemed to go wrong for Hull in their last two games as they lost 2-0 at home to Sunderland last week when Sunderland actually turned up for the game – that was the first shock.
And then yesterday at Selhurst Park the nerves of relegation seemed to get to the Hull players and they were never in the game and made far too many mistakes to lose far too easily.
24 year-old Hull City center-back Harry Maguire
So two promoted teams from last summer – Middlesbrough and Hull – will go down to the Championship with bottom of the table Sunderland.
Newcastle will unload some center-backs this summer with Grant Hanley already up for sale and Chancel Mbemba’s future at the club not looking too promising under Rafa Benitez.
24-year-old Maguire has looked good at the back for Hull all season long and he could improve a lot at Newcastle under the expert coaching of Rafa Benitez.
However, there will be competition for Newcastle to sign the former Sheffield United player with three of the top seven clubs – Liverpool, Everton and Tottenham – all said to be interested in the player.
Maguire only has one year left on his current Hull City contract and Newcastle could potentially get the player in a bargain deal.
£12M has been mentioned as the transfer fee but maybe it will be less than that?
Newcastle will be able to offer Harry first team football, which he will not be guaranteed at the other three big clubs after him.
We have to hope that Rafa’s renowned persuasive qualities are in full swing this summer and Harry could become our first signing of the season in the coming week.
Harry is said to be keen to join Rafa’s revolution at Newcastle and he said this before yesterday’s game at Palace:
“Obviously every footballer wants to be playing in the Premier League, myself included. It’s probably the greatest league in the world at the moment.”
“With new contracts etcetera, I’ll be discussing those at the end of the season when the football has finished.”
Harry Maguire would appear to be a solid signing for Newcastle and he has good Premier League experience and also good leadership qualities.
What do you think?