By Sam Stone

30th Mar, 2023 | 8:10am

Scott McTominay to snub Newcastle for West Ham United - talkSPORT pundit

Jermaine Pennant has suggested West Ham would be a better destination than Newcastle United for Scott McTominay.

The 26-year-old has enjoyed a fine week on the international stage, scoring four goals in two games for Scotland to get their European Championship qualifying campaign off to a flying start.

Pennant has since suggested the Manchester United midfielder would be a “great” purchase for West Ham if Declan Rice departs the London Stadium.

“I would say go for a Newcastle, maybe a West Ham. If Declan Rice leaves, I think that will be a great purchase,” said Pennant (talkSPORT, quoted by The Chronicle, 29 March)

“A great addition for West Ham. (McTominay and Rice) are similar kinds of players. If I was McTominay, West Ham would be a good place to go.”

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It still feels like McTominay is a youngster, but at 26, his next move will be vital. He’s contracted to the Red Devils until 2026 but could look to move on in search of more game time. With Rice’s future up in the air, he could be an option for West Ham to look into.

However, considering his inconsistent career to date, is he the man to step into the huge shoes which Rice will inevitably leave behind?

Much of West Ham’s transfer talk will centre around the England international this summer, but the board will already have an eye on the off-season. The squad needs a facelift after the disappointing campaign to date. However, at present, the club’s precarious league position has made planning for the future quite difficult.

The board could do with David Moyes’ side going on an extended run of winning form to pull themselves away from the bottom three. Securing their Premier League status with time to spare would be the ideal scenario.