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In Focus: Maguire emerges as Tottenham target

According to the London Evening Standard, Tottenham Hotspur are interested in bringing Hull City centre-back Harry Maguire to the club at the end of the season.

What’s the story?

Tottenham Hotspur’s disappointing performance in Europe this season has demonstrated that Mauricio Pochettino does not have a squad capable of challenging in a number of competitions.

Spurs’ first XI is as good as any in the Premier League, and it still might be enough to see the capital side snatch the title away from Chelsea in the final weeks of the 2016-17 campaign.

Investment is needed in this summer’s transfer window, however, and as well as targeting attackers, it is understood that Pochettino will seek reinforcements at centre-back.

According to the London Evening Standard, Hull defender Maguire has impressed Tottenham’s scouts this season, and the 24-year-old could be heading for the London club this summer.

Is anyone else in the race?

In short, yes. Maguire, who is valued at £2m by transfermarkt.co.uk, will be out of contract at the end of the 2017-18 campaign, and it is understood that the centre-back will be allowed to leave the KCOM Stadium this summer for £12m.

Maguire’s wages, which are believed to be in the region of £20,000 a week, are manageable for a number of Premier League clubs, whilst the former England Under-21 international is said to be interested in a move to London.

The former Sheffield United centre-back has made 26 Premier League appearances for Hull this season, scoring twice in the process. Meanwhile, the powerful defender’s form in 2017 has seen him handed the captain’s armband by Tigers boss Marco Silva on a number of occasions.

Everton have been strongly linked with a move for Maguire in recent weeks, whilst Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is thought to be a long-term admirer of the central defender.

Manchester City and Liverpool are also in need of a new centre-back this summer, and it does appear that Maguire’s availability, for such a reasonable price, could spark a transfer scramble.

The 24-year-old’s maturity for a team fighting relegation has been noted by a number of managers this season, and the winner of the race for his signature would be signing a player capable of becoming a consistent performer at the highest level.

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