Newcastle United are reportedly considering a move to sign Scott McTominay this summer.
That’s according to transfer inside Dean Jones, who has told Give Me Sport that the Magpies are looking closely at the Manchester United player.
Eddie Howe is a centre midfielder light at the moment, with Jonjo Shelvey likely out of action until after the World Cup.
Newcastle have therefore been linked with bringing in a replacement. Conor Gallagher is reportedly a loan target, while there’s also been talk of Manu Kone. The Magpies are reportedly willing to pay £30million for the Borussia Monchengladbach ace.
Now McTominay is being rumoured, as Premier League clubs queue to find out if the Red Devils will let him leave Old Trafford.
Newcastle looking at McTominay
Transfer insider Dean Jones has discussed Newcastle possibly making a move for McTominay before the transfer window closes. He’s told Give Me Sport that West Ham will be keen, and that the Magpies are also taking a look.
“Yeah there is no doubt that McTominay has a few clubs looking at him,” he said.
“I know Newcastle are looking at this one closely as they contemplate adding one more midfielder to the squad. West Ham will come in for him too if he genuinely is available.”
McTominay wouldn’t excite Toon fans
If McTominay did arrive at St James’ Park, there wouldn’t be a lot of fanfare. He’s been the subject of ridicule at Manchester United, who finally sparked into life on Monday night against Liverpool.
The Scotland international started at Old Trafford, helping Erik ten Hag’s side win 2-1 against the Reds.
However, he suddenly has more competition. Casemiro has now arrived from Real Madrid, and will surely be a guaranteed starter. That could limit McTominay’s minutes and lead to an exit before September 1st.
Newcastle reportedly asked about the 25-year-old earlier in the summer. News of interest from Tyneside isn’t new, but it is interesting to hear he is still a target.
Whether or not he would be a good signing remains to be seen. Most fans would rather not find out. McTominay is hardly a popular player, and was recently called ‘not good enough‘ by Man United legend Roy Keane.
We’ve been linked with better alternatives, while centre midfield isn’t our priority at the moment.
Newcastle should move for a Shelvey replacement, but only when other attacking additions have arrived.
But should we be challenging West Ham if McTominay is suddenly available? David Moyes is welcome to him. Dan Ashworth should cast his eyes elsewhere.