West Ham United could be forced to reignite their interest in Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay
According to the Manchester Evening News, West Ham United are poised to intensify their pursuit of Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay, especially if Manchester City manages to secure the signing of Lucas Paqueta this summer.
Following the departure of Declan Rice, West Ham fans are now faced with the unwelcome news of the potential exit of another key player, Paqueta.
The Brazilian star has recently garnered interest from Pep Guardiola, following Ilkay Gundogan’s departure to Barcelona.
Man City’s starting offer of £70 million for the midfielder was turned down by West Ham. However, the Premier League titleholders are expected to come back with an improved proposal.
And now, under the management of David Moyes, the Hammers have identified McTominay as the potential successor to Paqueta.
Given their prolonged interest in the Scottish star, it would be reasonable to expect West Ham to intensify their efforts to pursue United’s No. 39.
The club has a keen interest in the United star, as evident from their previous unsuccessful bid of £30m.
Even after the arrival of James Ward-Prowse at the London Stadium, the East London club is still inclined towards making a move for a new midfielder if they lose any of their current choices.
Last season, the experienced player featured in 24 league matches for Man United, and under Erik ten Hag’s management, he was frequently utilised in the team’s midfield.
McTominay has also displayed his prowess at the international level, scoring two goals against Spain earlier this year.
West Ham understands the quality of the 26-year-old, and they would certainly have enough funds to strike a deal if they could afford to lose Paqueta to Man City.
However, Ten Hag is open to retaining the Scottish player for another season, meaning United doesn’t feel the urgency to sell him. The onus is on West Ham to present an attractive proposal and secure their top target.
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The Red Devils recently lost Fred, and they would be compelled to keep their other options with them. Hence, until and unless they don’t provide an offer too difficult to refuse, there could be little change to the entire McTominay transfer saga.
In our opinion, Man United are in a comfort zone of their own and would be taking the backseat in this race.