West Ham must sign Marcos Rojo once Man United seal Harry Maguire deal

According to reports in The Mirror, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is keen to sign Leicester City centre-back Harry Maguire in a £65m deal, but he may have to sacrifice Marcos Rojo, who should be a target for their Premier League rivals West Ham United.

What’s the word, then?

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Well, The Mirror report that Mourinho needs to offload one of his current central defenders to make way for one of England’s 2018 World Cup heroes, and Rojo is likely to be that man.

The Mirror report that the 6ft 2in tall centre-half has yet to link up with the Red Devils on their American tour despite Argentina being knocked out in Russia more than three weeks ago, and even though he only signed a new deal until 2021 in March he could be on his way.

Should Rojo go and Maguire arrive, Man United’s centre-back options would be the Three Lions man, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly.

Why should West Ham sign him?

Well, the Irons have already strengthened their backline this summer with the additions of Issa Diop and Fabian Balbuena, but with James Collins and Jose Fonte leaving in recent months, Winston Reid injured and Declan Rice likely to move into a defensive midfield role, Irons boss Manuel Pellegrini will likely want another body in there.

With Diop and Balbuena having no Premier League experience the onus could be on the Chilean manager to find a centre-back who does know what the English top flight is all about, and there will be few better options on the market than Rojo.

The 27-year-old has endured something of an up-and-down campaign at Old Trafford, but he really impressed at times last term to earn a new contract, and he has all of the attributes and the mentality to be a real fans’ favourite at West Ham, who will not do themselves any favours by snapping up another 25-year-old ace.