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West Ham manager David Moyes thinks the team is nearing a deal for James Ward-Prowse and Harry Maguire.

West Ham are closing in on England duo James Ward-Prowse and Harry Maguire, according to David Moyes, although Manchester City’s bid for Lucas Paqueta is “not anywhere near” the club’s valuation.

The Hammers manager has confirmed that midfielder Ward-Prowse is having a medical, while Manchester United has accepted a £30 million deal for defender Maguire.

On Wednesday, City made a first move for Paqueta.

Edson Alvarez of Mexico and Ajax has already joined West Ham for £35 million.

“We’ve had an offer from Manchester City for Paqueta, but it’s nowhere near meeting our valuation right now,” Moyes stated on Friday.

“James Ward-Prowse is now getting a medical. We’ve agreed on a fee, but I can’t talk about him because he’s not yet our player.

“We’ve had a bid accepted from Manchester United [for Maguire], but I’m not in a position to discuss him because he’s not our player.”

Meanwhile, despite accepting the Hammers’ offer, Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag suggested England defender Maguire may still play in their opening Premier League game against Wolves on Monday.

When asked if Maguire will be available for selection on Monday, Ten Hag responded, “Of course.”

On Thursday, Alvarez became the first summer arrival at the London Stadium, nearly a month after Declan Rice’s exit to Arsenal was confirmed, but Moyes defended his club’s transfer policy.

“You need a number [of players] you can work with, as well as a balance of players in each position, and all of those things come into play when you try to sign them,” Moyes explained.

“I just walked down the corridor looking at all the pictures of us winning a European trophy – it was incredible what we accomplished.”

“We’re going into this season with a lot of optimism.” We have a fantastic feeling and wish to retain it.”

West Ham kick off their Premier League season against Bournemouth on Saturday (15:00 BST).


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