Sheffield United could be set for an unexpected windfall after Harry Maguire, their former centre-half, was the subject of an approach by Bristol City, writes James Shield.
Officials at Bramall Lane inserted a sell-on clause, entitling them to a percentage of any future sale, into the deal which saw the 22-year-old join Hull City last season.
Maguire’s parent club yesterday rejected a proposed offer, thought to be worth around £2.5m, from their Championship rivals after insisting he remains an integral part of manager Steve Bruce’s plans next term.
Although the exact details of United’s agreement with their neighbours are undisclosed, sources involved in the negotiation process have told The Star they expect it to be triggered if Bruce’s board of directors eventually relent.
Keith Dawe, the Bristol City chairman, confirmed: “We have made an enquiry for Harry Maguire and a proposal was probably discussed.
“But there has been no formal bid, because Hull are not interested in selling the player at the present time.”
Maguire made 166 appearances for United after graduating from their Redtooth Academy. However, he featured only six times for Hull and subsequently moved to Wigan Athletic on loan.
John Pemberton, now assistant manager at Ashton Gate, was Maguire’s coach when United reached the final of the FA Youth Cup in 2011.
Maguire, who has two years left to run on the contract he signed 12 months ago, is expected to compete with Michael Dawson, James Chester, Alex Bruce and Curtis Davies for a place in Hull’s defence following their relegation from the Premier League.
Meanwhile, United’s academy has organised two open trials for youngsters interested in joining its pioneering Futures programme which is run in tandem with Sheffield College.
Contact Lee.Dunn@sheffcol.ac.uk for further information or to book a place on the August 4/5 sessions.