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Everton face battle with Tottenham over defender

Maguire could be the subject of offers from both sides

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Harry Maguire of Hull City
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A central defender is high on Everton’s shopping list for this summer, with Burnley’s Michael Keane likely the top name with plenty of transfer market interest in the England international.

However, there’s another name on that list that is attracting some attention, and the Blues might have to fight off interest from Tottenham Hotspur for Hull City center half Harry Maguire.

Hull were relegated at the end of the 2016-17 season and with Marco Silva jumping ship, it is quite likely that more than a few players will leave. Maguire had earlier stated that would only decide his future once the season was done and now that the Tigers didn’t survive the drop, he has said that he would like to move on.

The transfer fee mentioned by the tabloid seems quite high at £22m, especially with his contract expiring in one more year and no international experience to speak of. However, it appears that is the cost of doing business for young homegrown and English players nowadays.

Stoke City v Hull City - Premier League
Maguire celebrating a goal
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The 24-year-old Maguire had three goals and three assists for the relegated Hull this season, making 36 appearances in all competitions. His strength in the air has been a positive for the Tigers on both sides of the pitch, and is a centerback after Ronald Koeman’s own heart who can play the ball with his feet and generate attacking play from the back.

Harry Maguire characteristics (2016-17)
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While Everton will be able to offer Maguire a starting XI position and Europa League football, Spurs play in the Champions League this season, though it will be much harder for him to break through with the London club considering their strength in depth at the position.

The last time Everton clashed with Tottenham over a player, it was Moussa Sissoko who strung the Blues along on deadline day before choosing to go to Spurs.