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Media Watch: ‘Second thoughts’ on reported target?

MEDIA WATCH: Reports claim City are eyeing a move for a defender.

MEDIA WATCH: Reports claim City are eyeing a move for a defender.

Saturday’s Media Watch throws up another discussion on a reported Manchester City target.

Harry Maguire is the player in question, while elsewhere Jurgen Klopp has revealed the moment he knew Pep Guardiola’s side had edged his Liverpool team in the title race.

Transfer talk is the first order of the day, though, with claims that City are considering withdrawing from the reported battle for Maguire’s signature.

The Metro have the story, as Sean Kearns writes: “Manchester City are having second thoughts over a move for Leicester City defender Harry Maguire as the Foxes want in excess of £90m for the centre-back.

“Pep Guardiola has identified the England international as a replacement for Vincent Kompany, who announced his departure from the club after a 6-0 victory against Watford in the FA Cup final.

“City are only prepared to pay around £70m for Maguire but will not be held to ransom as Guardiola is prepared to pair John Stones with Aymeric Laporte next term.”

Meanwhile, Liverpool boss Klopp has told journalists that City’s victories over Burnley and Leicester convinced him his side’s title hopes were over.

Mark Critchley of the Independent has the story, with Klopp admitting: “The Burnley game was the moment.

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“I hate to look at these games and hope another team has to lose or whatever, but the goal was a bit lucky, it was a goal.

“Kompany scores the goal against Leicester and you sit there and accept it. In that moment it was, for me, done.”

We return to talk of City’s supposed interest in Maguire for the conclusion of today’s media round-up.

Another Harry, Mr Redknapp, has told the Manchester Evening News the Leicester centre-half would be a good addition to Guardiola’s squad.

He said: “They will probably want to go and buy another centre-half now that Kompany has gone.

“Where do you find one? Can you get the boy from Ajax [De Ligt]?

“I doubt it now, it looks like he's going to Barcelona.

"They'll be looking. Harry Maguire might come in. I like him, I think he's a fantastic player. If they're looking for a centre-half, he's a possibility."

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