Harry Maguire has been urged to hand in a transfer request at Leicester City to try and force through a summer move to Manchester United.
Charlie Adam believes the England international should ‘take the next step in his career’ and push for a move to Old Trafford before the window shuts.
Maguire has been strongly linked with a move to United this summer, although Leicester’s £80million price tag has so far proven a stumbling block.
The stubborn Foxes are not willing to lower their valuation and managerBrendan Rodgers told talkSPORT earlier this weekthey had already rejected two bids, believed to be from United and rivals Manchester City, for Maguire since the transfer window opened.
Latest reports claim Maguire is keen on joining the Red Devils and sees himself as a United captain of the future.
Former Scotland midfielder Adam had to hand in a transfer request at Blackpool to force through his move to Liverpool in 2011 – a transfer he said ‘changed his life’.
And he says Maguire must take similar action to get his Man United switch over the line.
“Leicester have got the right to play hard ball, but the lad gave everything for Leicester City and an opportunity like this is very difficult to turn down.
“If the window closes on August 8 and Harry Maguire has not moved to Manchester United, it does not mean he will want to go and train on his own, he will be focussed and he will be ready because he’s a top player and he’ll want the best for Leicester City.
“But at this time there’s an opportunity for him to force that move and everybody knows this is the best move for Harry Maguire.”
Adam speaks from experience.
The midfielder was wanted by Liverpool in January 2011 after shining in a Blackpool side that was struggling in the Premier League – he was nominated for the PFA Player of the Year award – but the Tangerines refused to sell.
He eventually became a Reds player the following summer, after Blackpool were relegated, but the club’s controversial chairman Karl Oyston did not make it easy for him to leave.
Adam explained: “When Liverpool came calling it was very difficult to turn down and I had to force a move as well.
“I was sat in the chairman’s office for a full day, the last day of the transfer window, trying to get out.
“I went straight to his office and told him, ‘I need this to happen’, not just for footballing reasons but also for my family as well. Moving to Liverpool changed my life financially and I had a family to look after.
“I had a gentleman’s agreement with [then-manager] Ian Holloway that if a bigger club came in it wouldn’t be a problem.
“It was an amazing opportunity for us as a team that someone would be able to go on and get a move to a big club.
“But he [Oyston] was not bothered, he didn’t bat an eyelid, he just said ‘you’re not going, it’s more money for us to let you go if we get relegated’.
“At the time I was frustrated but I understood [why Blackpool didn’t sell]. It was £9m but it would have cost Blackpool if I left and they were relegated, so for that six months they had a better opportunity to stay up.
“I gave my all to try and keep the club in the Premier League, but unfortunately we were relegated on the last day of the season.”