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Are Leicester City about to secure a £17 million move for Hull City’s Harry Maguire

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If reports from The Sun last night are anything to go by, then Leicester City have allegedly put in a £17 million bid for highly-rated Hull City defender Harry Maguire to persuade him to the King Power.

It is believed that the Foxes are keen to complete a deal as soon as possible, amidst interest from Premier League rivals Newcastle and Tottenham, and are willing to offer him a five-year contract.

If a deal does go through then Maguire would prove to be the most expensive player ever to leave the Tigers, who are set to cash-in on big-money players as they aim to secure immediate promotion.

Does Maguire have what it takes for the Premier League?

In a word, yes.

Despite Hull City’s abject season, which ended in relegation back to the Championship at the first time of asking, the 24-year-old was a rare bright spark and it will be no surprise if he stays in the top-flight.

In a side that concedes 80 goals in just 38 matches – the worst record in the division – it’s not often that a defender is the one with all the plaudits, but Maguire has shown endless potential this season.

Strong in the tackle and physical in the air, he clearly has a natural no-nonsense approach to his football that makes him the ideal centre-back; in a way, he’s a throwback to old-school defending.

Yet there’s a lot more to the burly defender that meets the eye, as his close-ball control when driving out of defence and his ability to pick out a pass – long or short – is as good as a midfielder.

There’s a confidence to the young man’s play that has endeared him to the Premier League, completing more take-ons (29) in the top-flight than any other centre-back throughout last season, and in a Leicester City side that have improved under Craig Shakespeare he could feel right at home.

For somebody so inexperienced in the Premier League he settled extremely well, standing out in a frantic Hull City side by having a sense of confidence and composure whilst in possession of the ball.

And it’s this that, arguably, the Foxes have been needing for a while; at times last season their defensive line was all over the place, and Shakespeare’s right in thinking a big shake-up is needed.

It’s arguably that Maguire’s performances last season merited more than just a move to mid-table Leicester City, but at just 24-years-old there’s enough potential there to take him to the top one day

Harry Maguire to Leicester City
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The Boot Room's Verdict
A defender of Maguire’s calibre is undeniably too good to be playing his football anywhere other than the Premier League, and with Hull happy to offload him it seems like it’s just a matter of time. Considering that John Stones signed for Manchester City for just shy of £50 million last summer and has failed to set the world alight yet, Leicester could be on the verge of a very impressive bargain.
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Hull City · Leicester City · Transfer Round-up

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