Tottenham were interested in signing Harry Maguire long before he became the world’s most expensive defender, according to Danny Rose.
Rose told The Lockdown Tactics Podcast that Mauricio Pochettino was “all over” the England defender after Hull’s visit to White Hart Lane in 2016.
“I remember we played Hull at White Hart Lane and we won 3-0,” Metro quotes Rose as saying. “Mauricio was manager and the gaffer was all over Harry. I think they were in for him. Once Poch took a liking to him I started to notice him straightaway after that. It’s been a great journey for him.
“Training with him for England, you couldn’t get the ball off him. He’s so good. He fully deserves to be Manchester United captain.”
The London Evening Standard reported in April 2017 that Maguire was our top defensive target to come in and compete with Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen, with Kevin Wimmer having proved he wasn’t up to it.
In the end, Spurs signed Davinson Sanchez instead, and the Colombian had an excellent debut season but has since had his fair share of problems.
Although I’m not declaring this race finished yet, with Sanchez four years younger than Maguire, and with a very high ceiling if he can improve his distribution and decision making, as it stands we’d have to look back and admit…we backed the wrong horse here.