Scott McTominay has become a peripheral figure at Manchester United since Erik ten Hag’s arrival at Old Trafford, though the Scottish international is being offered the chance of a fresh start by West Ham this summer.
The Hammers have had their attempts to land the 26-year-old rebuffed by United so far, though negotiations between the clubs are continuing and talks seem to have accelerated over the past 24 hours.
Indeed, it has been widely reported that West Ham had a £30m bid for McTominay rejected late on Monday evening, with the Red Devils believed to be demanding a £45m fee for their academy graduate.
However, new updates about McTominay’s future have already started to surface this morning and we’ve got the latest lowdown on West Ham’s pursuit below.
West Ham continue chase for two Manchester United players
According to Twitter transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, West Ham and Manchester United have scheduled more talks later today in a bid to thrash out a deal for Scott McTominay as well as out-of-favour centre-half Harry Maguire.
West Ham submitted two separate offers for McTominay and Maguire yesterday with both bids tabled believed to be in the region of £30m.
Both attempts were subsequently rejected by Man Utd, though West Ham’s latest offers will serve as a basis for further discussions today.
Maguire has endured a spectacular fall from grace over the past 18 months at United and the England international’s status as club captain and first-team regular has been almost completely dissolved.
In 2022/23, Maguire was fifth choice centre-half at United behind Lisandro Martinez, Raphael Varane, Victor Lindelof and even Luke Shaw who was chosen ahead of the Three Lions star during a selection crisis.
With every miss-placed pass spawning a thousand and one memes, Maguire is in dire need of a new start and an escape to London with West Ham could offer him a route out of Manchester.
Irons boss David Moyes is believed to be a keen admirer of Maguire’s skillset and in a team that likes to defend deep, the 30-year-old could be a real asset again in the Premier League.
West Ham aiming to splash their Declan Rice cash
West Ham have money to play with following their record £100m sale of Declan Rice to London rivals Arsenal, though pushing through deals for targets has proved difficult so far.
A swoop for Ajax’s Mexican midfielder Edson Alvarez is in the works with the 25-year-old expected to fill the void left by Rice at the base of West Ham’s midfield.
The arrival of the versatile Scott McTominay would also help to strengthen Moyes’ options in midfield with the homegrown United man capable of deployment in several roles.
McTominay has been on the books at Man Utd since the age of five and the Lancaster-born midfielder was introduced to the first team by Jose Mourinho in 2017.
McTominay was a mainstay for United under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer before becoming a bit-part squad member under Erik ten Hag last term.
However, strong in the tackle, dominant in the air and capable of chipping in with a goal or two, McTominay has showcased his talents on more than one occasion for both Man Utd and Scotland, and the 6’4” marauder could be a dangerous weapon in the right set-up.