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Report: Manchester United man added to Newcastle’s list of targets to replace key star

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Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay has reportedly been added to a list of targets for Newcastle United to replace Sandro Tonali.

Eddie Howe’s Newcastle United are seemingly exploring the market for midfield options after the news of Sandro Tonali’s alleged betting breaches have come to light.

ESPN reports that the Italian midfielder, formerly of AC Milan, is potentially facing a lengthy ban but the midfielder is set to be available for Newcastle United’s next game against Crystal Palace.

As a result of Tonali’s possible future absence, Howe is now seemingly targeting Manchester United man Scott McTominay to help bolster his midfield options.

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McTominay attracting interest from Magpies

According to TEAMtalk, Newcastle believe the midfielder would be a superb option in the middle of the park for the Magpies as they hope to make the Champions League places once again this season.

McTominay has appeared in six matches so far in all competitions and contributed with two goals for the Red Devils, both during the dramatic final stages of United’s win over Brentford.

The report doesn’t mention what Erik ten Hag’s preference for the Scotsman is but, if he continues to be on the bench, a move away could be likely come January.


McTominay’s Manchester United future

The Scottish midfielder has been in superb form for Scotland and was cruelly denied a fantastic free-kick goal against Spain but, nevertheless, the 26-year-old is in good form.

McTominay’s form begs the question whether the midfielder should start for the Red Devils, but the Scotsman’s performances further up the field means the only way he should be featuring for Ten Hag’s side is up front.

Despite McTominay preferring to play in midfield, his awareness in the box and his finishing abilities mean that he should be a decent substitute option for Ten Hag if Rasmus Hojlund struggles to impact a certain game.

Whether McTominay would stay at United knowing he would be on the bench remains to be seen, but it seems unlikely.

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