Spurs must sign Maguire to retain their top four place after Alderweireld leaves

With his performances for England in this summer’s World Cup, Harry Maguire has proved himself to be a top-quality centre-back and should look for a move to one of the top six clubs in the Premier League during this transfer window.

What’s the story?

It looks increasingly likely that Tottenham will be in the market for a new defender this summer, with The Daily Express reporting that Manchester United are set to bid £50m for Toby Alderweireld.

The 29-year-old played just 14 Premier League games for Spurs last season thanks to a hamstring injury and reportedly has a clause in his contract that says he can be signed for just £25m next summer if he does not agree a new deal.

Because of this, Daniel Levy will surely accept a sizeable offer from United this summer for the Belgian, and boss Mauricio Pochettino will be forced to find a replacement or face being left with only Jan Vertonghen and Davinson Sánchez as senior centre-backs.

Leicester’s Maguire would be the perfect signing to soften the blow of losing Alderweireld and Spurs should make him their number one target.

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‘Slab-head’

Maguire had an impressive first season at Leicester following his move from Hull last summer, playing every minute of the Foxes’ 2017/18 Premier League campaign.

The man who teammate Jamie Vardy has nicknamed ‘Slab-head’, has the ability and confidence to drive forward with the ball and pick out a pass as well as being an obvious threat from set-pieces thanks to his strength and height.

Leicester will be reluctant to lose Maguire but may be tempted by a big offer for the 25-year-old.

With Tottenham preparing for a Champions League campaign next season, Pochettino will need to add strength in depth to his squad and this summer Maguire has shown that he can perform on the biggest stage.