It has been reported yesterday by The Chronicle that Rafa Benitez is keen to sign Hull City centre-back Harry Maguire this summer, should Newcastle gain promotion back to the Premier League.
This is not the first time we have been linked with the 24 year-old, with the Magpies being credited with an interest in the centre-back earlier in the year, also said to have watched him during his early days at Sheffield United.
Maguire, who’s expected to demand a fee of £12m, has stood out in a poor Hull side on several occasions, having been a huge part of Hull’s recent revival under Marco Silva, seeing the centre-back in contention for an England call up.
The Chronicle claim his leadership qualities have impressed Rafa Benitez, with Everton also said to be eyeing a move. This comes as no surprise, with the young centre-back showing admirable qualities in helping to shore up an under-pressure Hull back line in recent months.
Standing 6ft 2′ tall, Maguire is not only strong in the air, but assured on the ground, being surprisingly confident and composed in possession given his age and physical stature.
He may not be the household name some fans may crave this summer, but I believe he’d be a shrewd signing for Newcastle should we gain promotion of course.
He appears to offer the composure Jamaal Lascelles often lacks and would be a welcomed addition to the side, given the potential and leadership qualities he has shown at Hull this season.