Reports of Everton’s interest in Harry Maguire are ‘wide of the mark’.

That’s according to BBC Sport, who have claimed that the Toffees are unlikely to bid for the Manchester United defender due to the significant costs involved in the deal.

Maguire looks increasingly likely to leave Old Trafford this summer after a nightmare few years with the club and has most recently been the subject of a £30 million bid from West Ham.

However, the Red Devils rejected the Irons’ offer and could instead see him move further south for around £40m – half the price that United paid for him in 2019.

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While West Ham currently look the most likely to land the ‘amazing’ defender, various reports have also linked Everton with his signature over the past week.

BBC Sport have played down rumours, stating that his hefty fee and £190,000-a-week wages would be way out of reach for Sean Dyche’s side.

The report also claims that Maguire would prefer to join a club far from a relegation battle as he looks to keep his place in the England squad – a factor that could also prove to be an issue for West Ham.

However, the London club’s position in the Europa League may benefit David Moyes’ side.

A move for Harry Maguire always seemed hard to believe for Everton

Despite Harry Maguire’s downfall at Manchester United, he would have actually been a very good signing for pretty much every club in the bottom half of the Premier League.

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If the centre-back could get his confidence back and rediscover his form then he could have been the difference between relegation and staying up for the likes of Everton and West Ham.

However, Maguire’s price tag always made a bid for him extremely unlikely for the Toffees and BBC Sport’s claims come as no surprise.

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