Report: Newcastle have made contact over one of 'the best midfielders in the world'
Newcastle United have reportedly made contact with Manchester United over Scott McTominay.
According to The Times, the Magpies ‘made tentative enquiries’ over the Red Devils midfielder earlier in the transfer widow.
As well as Newcastle, another – unnamed – Premier League club apparently enquired about McTominay as well.
However, the report claims the Old Trafford outfit will resist any offers for the Scotland international.
New Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag reportedly rates McTominay highly.
And the player himself is apparently keen on staying at Old Trafford.
In addition, the Red Devils currently have just three senior midfielders in their squad – McTominay, Fred and Donny van de Beek.
Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Nemanja Matic and Juan Mata have left the club this summer.
McTominay a top player, but Newcastle should look elsewhere for now – TBR View
There’s no denying McTominay is a midfielder of the highest calibre.
Plenty of footballing figures have lauded the 25-year-old, and Diego Simeone even claimed he was one of the best midfielders in the world.
Speaking ahead of Atletico Madrid’s Champions League last 16 first-leg tie with the Red Devils in February, he said: “They have an incredible midfield.
“I am incredibly impressed with the work rate. Pogba and McTominay are two of the best midfielders in the world with a great balance.”
But in all fairness, the Magpies should probably be looking elsewhere, as the odds are stacked against them for McTominay.
The player himself wants to stay at Old Trafford, his new manager rates him highly and the club is low on midfielders.
If that wasn’t enough, McTominay’s contract runs until 2025, with Manchester United also holding a further year’s option.
Newcastle probably tested the waters and, presumably, the Red Devils told them they weren’t willing to do business.
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