West Ham United are interested in a deal to bring Scott McTominay to the London Stadium this summer.
That’s according to a report by talkSPORT, who claim that – following Manchester United’s £70m signing of Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro – the quartet of West Ham, Everton, Leicester City and Newcastle United have all registered their interest in the 25-year-old Scotland international, who is expected to lose his place in Erik ten Hag’s starting XI at the expense of the Brazilian.
However, previous reports have suggested that the Dutchman would not be open to parting with the United academy graduate prior to September’s transfer deadline, with the former Ajax head coach said to view the midfielder as a pivotal player in his squad. It is unclear, though, as to whether or not Casemiro’s arrival will have changed the 52-year-old’s stance.
It is undeniable that McTominay would be a solid addition to David Moyes’ current options in the middle of the park. However, considering the 25-year-old’s underwhelming performances so far this season, in addition to the asking price that United would likely demand for a player who has a current market valuation of £59m, a move for the Scot could well prove to be a big mistake.
Indeed, over his two Premier League appearances in 2022/23, the £60k-per-week midfielder has been in particularly poor form. He earned a hugely disappointing SofaScore match rating of 6.3 for his display in United’s 2-1 loss to Brighton & Hove Albion, followed by a 6.8 rating for his efforts in the embarrassing 4-0 defeat to Brentford last weekend.
Following the loss to the Seagulls, legendary Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes singled out the 34-cap international for his performance, stating of the 25-year-old: “Scott McTominay was always trying to run with the ball, ridiculous.
“The quality in the middle of the pitch was really poor. The quality in the middle of the pitch was nowhere near good enough but we’ve seen that for the last few years with these two players. With Fred and McTominay, [Ten Hag] is going to have to go with just one of them but even one of them is probably too many.
“Fred gives the ball away all the time and McTominay is trying to run with the ball constantly and then gives it away. Pass it to your best players! It’s not that difficult. It’s criminal on a day like today.”
As such, with West Ham also having been linked with the likes of Teun Koopmeiners and Hans Vanaken – both of whom would more than likely cost significantly less than McTominay – in recent weeks, it is clear to see that there are much more suitable options for Moyes to pursue this summer.
That leads us to believe that a bid for the Manchester United midfielder would be a big mistake by the east London club.