Newcastle United are reportedly on the hunt for a replacement for Sandro Tonali, and one of the midfielders linked with Eddie Howe’s side is Manchester United and Scotland star Scott McTominay.
As reported by BBC Sport, Newcastle United midfielder Sandro Tonali has been banned by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) for breaching betting rules.
Tonali, who joined Newcastle from AC Milan in the summer of 2023, has reportedly been handed a 10-month ban.
Newcastle United linked with Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay
So, according to 90min, Newcastle are on the hunt for a potential replacement for the Italy international midfielder.
The report has claimed that one of the midfielders Newcastle are looking at signing in the January transfer window is Scott McTominay.
Newcastle wanted to sign McTominay from Premier League rivals Manchester United in the summer of 2023 as well.
However, according to 90min, McTominay “is in no hurry to leave Old Trafford” and does not fancy leaving Manchester United for Newcastle in the middle of the season.
The Red Devils also value the Scotland international at £40 million.
Newcastle will reportedly not pay that amount for a player who has been described as “underrated”.
My View: Scott McTominay will not join Newcastle United in January 2024
In my opinion, Newcastle United should not even try to sign Scott McTominay from Manchester United in the January transfer window.
I do not think that a transfer is going to happen.
First of all, Manchester United may not be willing to sell McTominay to Newcastle in the middle of the season even if the Magpies offer them £40 million.
After all, Newcastle and Manchester United are direct rivals for the Premier League top four.
So, why would the Red Devils sell the Magpies one of their players?
Secondly, as 90min has noted, McTominay himself does not fancy leaving Old Trafford in January.
The 26-year-old is not guaranteed a place in the starting lineup, but manager Erik ten Hag is giving him chances.
The Manchester United no. 39 has made three starts and three substitute appearances in the Premier League and has made one start and one substitute appearance in the UEFA Champions League so far this season.
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