Man United leading race to sign England’s hero at World Cup 2018

MANCHESTER UNITED have emerged as the bookies’ favourites to sign England World Cup hero Harry Maguire.

Leicester City centre-back Maguire has shone for the Three Lions in Russia and scored the opening goal in Saturday’s quarter-final victory against Sweden.

Ladbrokes price a move to Manchester United at 9/4 while Liverpool are 5/2 to snap him up before the transfer window slams shut.

Manchester City (11/4), Tottenham (9/2), Chelsea (6/1) and Arsenal (8/1) are also contenders, according to the bookmaker.

A move to Barcelona or Real Madrid is available at 16/1.

Ladbrokes spokesman Alex Apati told Starsport: ”England fans have fallen in love with Maguire, but so have a whole host of football managers by the looks of it, with plenty thought to be interested in his services.”

A new centre-back could be on Jose Mourinho’s radar after chopping and changing his backline last term. Eric Bailly fell out of favour towards the end of the campaign while Victor Lindelof struggled to impress following his move from Benfica.

Maguire joined Leicester from Hull City for around £17m last summer following the Tigers’ relegation to the Championship.

The 25-year-old played every minute for the Foxes in the Premier League, forcing his way into Gareth Southgate’s England squad. He has four years left to run on his contract but Leicester bosses are reportedly planning to offer him improved terms.

Former Liverpool defender Phil Thompson has called on Anfield bosses to swoop for Maguire.

“I’ve been a big fan of Harry Maguire since his days at Hull City,” Thompson said. “Since then he’s got better and better. He’s had a fantastic World Cup so far.

“I was saying long before the tournament started that he has all the attributes needed to be a Liverpool player. He’s big, he’s strong and positionally he’s very good whether as a two or a three at the back.

“He’s a lot quicker than people give him credit for. He dominates in the air and that’s a major asset both defensively and offensively.

“He’s also very comfortable on the ball. He’s better than John Stones when it comes to passing it out from the back.

“Harry has been one of the best defenders in the World Cup and he certainly fits Liverpool’s philosophy. I can’t speak more highly of him.”