Having witnessed Harry 'Mc'Guire' scoring Scotland's only goal in their 3-1 defeat by England, many fans who hadn't already asked the question "why on earth were Hammers pursuing the signing of the Manchester United ex-captain?" will now have had there answer!
It was plain for all to see just how awful Maguire is as a defender, clearly devoid of confidence the 30 year old failed to perform on the one platform where he HAD excelled, namely playing for a supportive manager in the form of England's Gareth Southgate who is known for the loyalty he shows players that have performed for him in the past.
Last night Maguire's performance 'stank the house out' from which there can surely be no return, either internationally, nor if Ten Hag has anything to do with it, domestically. Seeing Konstantinos Mitraponis's performance for Greece, the player Hammers snapped up instead of Maguire compared to the latter's performance for England was like chalk and cheese!
Hammers clearly dodged a bullet by NOT paying out an eye watering £30 Million for a 30 year old on a massive £130,000 per week who's form had dropped off the cliff and who would clearly have absolutely NO SELL ON value at the end of the three year contract offer that was apparently on the table!
Fortunately the players desire to NOT relinquish the remainder of his £300,000 per week contract (including his mandatory Champions League wage increase he was awarded) meant the deal didn't go through, hallelujah!
However we have to return to the question as tio why Maguire was targeted in the first place, or should we say 'Taggarted!" The answer does look a bit like a 'Scottish Detective' plot line, "who put the LSD in to the football manager's cup of tea?"
What else could explain the Hammers manager's almost psychotic pursuit of Maguire from the club that sacked David Moyes after he took over from Sir Alex Ferguson? If word is to believed, not only was Moyes to spend a third of the Declan Rice money onMaguire, but he was also willing to make him among the club's biggest earners AND hand him the captaincy!
Well, either Moyes had completely lost his marbles, gone temporarily insane or been slipped something very psychedelic in his tea! Perhaps when Tim Steidten arrived he recognised something in Moyes that was a 'bit off' and therefore decided he needed placating, so he fed him the James Ward-Prowse signing because he could see some value in it, but stonewalled the Maguire madness.
As the effects of whatever had been 'influencing' Moyes' poor judgement wore off he was able to sit down and rationally discuss transfer targets, the bulk of which eventually arrived just in the nick of time. Hammers and Moyes dodged the equivalent to a uranium depleted bullet by NOT signing Maguire....just be careful who you accept a nice cuppa from in the future Mr Moyes if it has come from ANY source connected with Manchester United! - Ed (posted on return journey from NY)