Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough says the Blades won’t be bullied by Hull City over Harry Maguire, but he expects the Premier League side to return for the defender, writes the Hull Daily Mail.
After United rejected a £2 million bid for Maguire, Tigers boss Steve Bruce told the Hull Daily Mail he will walk away and consider other targets:
“We’ve made a good offer for what is a very good young player, but we are not prepared to meet Sheffield’s valuation.
“We’ve put in a bid which we thought would be accepted, but obviously it hasn’t been. That’s there prerogative, so we will walk away.”
But Blades boss Clough believes that latest twist in the Maguire saga is City’s fault and says a deal is unlikely until the transfer deadline.
Speaking to the Sheffield Star, Clough commented:
“Often these things go right down to the wire. The Premier League clubs often try to bully the rest of us by using their money and financial clout.
“It might reach a stage when it becomes a worthwhile deal for us to do but we’ve not reached that stage yet. Talks are still going on between the two clubs and we’ll see what transpires.”
United may have an incentive to sell as the defender has only one year left on his current contract at Bramall Lane but should Maguire run his contract down, the club will be entitled to a compensation fee due to his age.