West Ham United have been named as one of the Premier League clubs who are interested in Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay, with the 25-year-old’s position at Old Trafford likely under threat following the Red Devils’ recent capture of Casemiro.
Although Erik ten Hag’s side have not yet placed the Scotland international up for sale – nor has the player asked to leave – the suggestion is that the arrival of the Real Madrid colossus could put his position under threat, with the Hammers one of the side’s lying in wait to pounce if he does become available.
Manager David Moyes is believed to be a big fan of the player – having named him as one of his seven players to watch at last summer’s European Championship – with the £28.8m-rated brute potentially the man to bolster the club’s midfield ranks, having seen long-serving skipper Mark Noble depart at the end of last season.
That possible move for McTominay may not prove a popular one among Irons supporters, with many having seen the intense criticism which is directed towards the 34-cap brute by followers of his current club.
It is almost a certainty to see ‘McFred’ trending on Twitter before, after or during a clash involving the Manchester outfit, such is the disdain which is held by those at the Theatre of Dreams for the £60k-per-week man and his partner in crime, Fred.
That, however, is often an unfair reflection of the player’s displays, with it perhaps telling that there is such interest in his signature at present, should he come onto the market in the near future.
Of course, those of a West Ham persuasion have previously seen a struggling figure arrive at the London Stadium from Old Trafford in recent times and go on to impress, with Jesse Lingard having thrived on loan in east London during the 2020/21 season.
While the 29-year-old has somewhat burned his bridges after snubbing a return to the club in favour of a move to newly-promoted Nottingham Forest this summer, the Englishman had sparkled under Moyes in that blistering six-month stint, netting nine goals and providing five assists in just 16 appearances.
Although McTominay is unlikely to repeat that goalscoring impact, the Lancaster-born ace does have strengths of his own, having notably been dubbed a “physical monster” by former boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for his impressive running power and ability to drive his side up the pitch.
While not prolific – with just 16 goals in 172 games for United thus far – the 6 foot 4 powerhouse did net seven goals in all competitions during the 2020/21 campaign, notably scoring late on against Moyes’ side to secure victory in the FA Cup fifth round encounter back in February 2021.
Last term also saw the midfielder showcase his ball-winning quality as he averaged an impressive 2.2 tackles per game from his 30 league outings, with that record better than that of current Hammers man Tomas Soucek (1.9) and equal to skipper Declan Rice (2.2).
Much like with his ex-teammate Lingard, his struggles at his current side could well be as much down to the ongoing turbulence surrounding the club rather than necessarily his own lack of quality, with few, if any, thriving under Ten Hag at present.
It could simply take a change of scenery for his talent to be truly unleashed, with linking up with a keen admirer such as Moyes potentially an ideal solution. It certainly did the trick for Lingard.