Tottenham Hotspur defender Danny Rose has spoken of how Mauricio Pochettino wanted to bring Harry Maguire to Spurs after impressing for Hull City at White Hart Lane several years ago.
Maguire became the world’s most expensive defender when he joined Manchester United from Leicester City last summer for £80million.
The 27-year-old has enjoyed a steady rise to the top of the game, clocking up over 100 appearances for Sheffield United as a youngster and switching to Hull for £2.5million in 2014.
Announced on the same day as Andrew Robertson, Maguire spent three years on Humberside and eventually earned himself a move to Leicester for £17million.
Prior to joining the 2015-16 Premier League champions, Maguire was on Pochettino’s radar, according to Rose, who believes the club made an attempt to sign the 6ft 4in man in wake of his display in the 3-0 loss to Spurs in December 2016.
“Touching on Harry, we played Hull at White Hart Lane and I think we won 2-0 or 3-0, I think (Steve Bruce) was manager, and straight away our gaffer was all over Harry,” he told the Lockdown Tactics podcast.
“I think they were in for him. Once Poch had took a liking to him, I started to notice him straight away.”
Hindsight is a wonderful thing in football – what if Robert Lewandowski had joined Blackburn in 2011? What if Gareth Bale had joined Birmingham after initially struggling at Spurs? And what if Chelsea had hung onto Mohamed Salah, Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne?
It’s a shame that Spurs weren’t able to get their hands on Maguire – although Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen were impressive at the time, he would no doubt have vied with them for a first-team spot and shored up the defence massively.
Even if the England international’s career trajectory had gone the same way – an £80million move to Manchester United – that would’ve come in handy to strengthen the Tottenham ranks, maybe not necessarily in the summer window as the move happened quite late on, but certainly in January and this summer.