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Celtic legend says West Ham should have signed ‘exceptional’ star, not much difference with Declan Rice

Celtic legend Peter Grant thinks West Ham United missed a trick by not signing Scott McTominay from Manchester United. 

West Ham United sold star midfielder Declan Rice to Arsenal in the summer and Peter Grant felt that there was a chance for his close friend David Moyes to secure a ‘bargain’ transfer.

Given that the England International left for a club-record transfer fee, it was suggested that Scott McTominay could have been brought in for ‘£30 million’.

Given that Erik ten Hag doesn’t seem to rate him at Manchester United because he is yet to start a Premier League game this season, then, for his own progression, he should have thought of about a move.

But Peter Grant thinks that, from a financial perspective, there isn’t much difference between Scotland’s hard-hitting midfielder to England’s, as he told Go Radio. 

Perhaps if Scott McTominay’s lack of game time continues until January, then that West Ham transfer door might open again.

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McTominay and Rice

“McTominay has done exceptionally well,” said Grant. “When big Alec (McLeish) brought Scott (McTominay) in (to the Scotland set-up), you could see that he had that determination to succeed.

“It’s not just the way he plays and goes about his business. Yes, he has got faults, but one fault he hasn’t got is his attitude to be a success. He has proven that with Scotland and every time he plays for Manchester United.

“I know he gets criticism there, but that’s one of them where people just jump on the bandwagon and then, all of a sudden, you become this and that.

“At £30 million, Declan Rice was going for £105 million, or whatever, I am thinking ‘wow, West Ham are getting a bargain if they take McTominay at the £30 million’. There is no doubt in my mind about that. Declan Rice is an outstanding player, but there isn’t that amount of money a difference, that’s for sure.”

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Will McTominay leave in January?

Scotland have qualified for Euro 2024 and McTominay is set to be a key member of Steve Clarke’s side heading to Germany (Twitter).

The 26-year-old will be expected to start for his country, but he can only guarantee that spot and strong performances if he is in good nick.

As of this moment, he can’t continue warming the bench for Manchester United, or else, it will become an issue for him next summer, in regard to fitness, form and just general rhythm.

Therefore, it wouldn’t be a surprise if he considers leaving in the winter if his current game-time situation at Old Trafford doesn’t change. 

That will also probably open the door for West Ham, who have made a strong start to the season and are now strong in midfield, to possibly look to bring him in because he does suit Moyes’ style of play.

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