Scott McTominay is certainly a wanted man at present, with Premier League side West Ham United very keen on snapping up the Manchester United midfielder. According to Sky Sports, The Hammers have seen a £30million offer rejected. In my opinion, they should not give up on this transfer, as he would be a huge asset to David Moyes' side.
You do get the impression that in an ideal world Man Utd would not lose McTominay, especially as he appears to be a good player to have around the squad. The reality is that he probably won't be an automatic pick in Erik ten Hag's starting eleven this season, certainly in the so-called ‘big games', so does he want more or will he fight for his place?
Although ten Hag may want the player to stay, every player has his price, and although £30million is deemed not acceptable by the Old Trafford club right now, there is one obvious reason why this is the case. In was well-documented that Declan Rice was sold to Arsenal for a huge fee, somewhere in the region of £100million. Man Utd want as much as possible to allow the Scot to depart.
The player are said to value him at £45million, so the question is are West Ham prepared to pay this. The club are yet to sign a player ahead of the new Premier League season, which starts this season. Moyes' men will also have a Europa League campaign to look forward to thanks to their UEFA Europa Conference League triumph versus Fiorentina, so this move would have it's benefits to all concerned parties.
Here are some reasons why West Ham should sign Scott McTominay
McTominay to West Ham: Improve mood at the club
As mentioned, West Ham have signed no players ahead of the new season. There have been whispers of unhappiness from Moyes behind the scenes, which is understandable, as he certainly won't have planned for no new faces through the door. The fact of the matter is that they need something to lift the crowd, as the team need them with them and not against them when the campaign begins.
McTominay isn't a star name in the Man Utd squad, with all due respect, but he would be a leading light for West Ham. Getting him through the door would at least signal to the West Ham fans that the board are willing to spend some money and get a proven Premier League player in the building. It would be a lot of money, but he'd fill a void in the team.
McTominay to West Ham: The perfect fit
Knowing McTominay as a player like we all do, it just looks to be the kind of fit that would just work in this West Ham side. They have a very passionate fan base and one which demands 100% from every player in every 90 minutes they play. The big plus for McTominay is that he is one of those types that visibly puts a real shift in, and the crowd would really warm to him.
Whilst there is of course so much more to his game than merely working hard, that is one characteristic that generally warms to West Ham supporters. Whether he would be a direct replacement for Rice is another matter, but he would command a similar level of respect in relation to the output he executes. I could see him being a real fans' favourite if he moves.
McTominay to West Ham: A needed quality
Moyes loves a player in the shape of someone like McTominay, with both being Scottish that is one obvious connection, but McTominay is someone who will benefit from simple instructions. To play for Man Utd is one thing, but playing for West Ham under an old school boss like Moyes can transform the careers of some players. McTominay may just need a move to take him to another level.
There remains a Rice shaped hole in the West Ham midfield, and not one player will ever be able to produce what the now Arsenal man could do. McTominay is a different kind of player, but is one that can rise to the big occasion. Just note his brace for Scotland in their win over Spain earlier this year. He has also scored in a Manchester Derby, so he has that quality in his locker.
McTominay to West Ham: First name on the team sheet
The fact is that McTominay is likely to be a fairly bit part player at Old Trafford in the coming season. There are others ahead of him in the pecking order, and would he be really happy playing the odd game in league, cup or Europe, and coming off the bench to finish off matches? Unlikely. He clearly loves Man Utd, but for his career, West Ham could be the ideal next step.
He is arguably in a comfort zone with United in that he could stay there for many years playing the role he is likely to do next season. Surely he would relish the chance to be the star man in a Premier League team. West Ham have shown in recent years that they can compete in the top-half and compete for European places, and whilst it won't be a title challenge, it is still playing for a big club with ambition.
In conclusion, this would be a move that would certainly benefit West Ham in that they are getting a top player to boost their squad, but the player would also have the chance to play every week, be the star man in the team and to be adored by fans, as opposed to merely appreciated.