PL Side To Make Summer Move For United Star After Failing To Sign Him In January

Manchester City's Jack Grealish in action with Manchester United's Scott McTominay and Lisandro Martinez.

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Newcastle United’s failure to strengthen their midfield in January proved costly as they fell out of the top four and lost the League Cup final to Manchester United.

A new defensive midfielder was high on the wish list at the start of January, but instead, Newcastle allowed Jonjo Shelvey to move to Nottingham Forest. The club expressed an interest in Scott McTominay, but United weren’t open to the exit of the Scotland international.

At the time, it was viewed that the Manchester outfit would not consider allowing McTominay to join a team considered to be one of their rivals for a Champions League place.

As per the Telegraph, the Magpies are looking into a summer move for the 26-year-old, and hope United’s position will have ‘softened’ at the end of the season.

Eddie Howe, who tends to prioritise players with experience of playing in British football, feels McTominay has the physical attributes to succeed in the middle of the park for Newcastle.

It is believed that the United academy star would be used as a deep-lying midfielder behind Bruno Guimaraes. This will give the Brazilian playmaker freedom to move higher up the pitch and make difference in the final third with his creativity and dribbling.

At Old Trafford, the defensive role is now played by star-performer of the League Cup final, Casemiro, leading to a lack of game time for McTominay, who’s understood to be open to the idea of joining Howe’s side.