By Anthony Onifade

26th May, 2023 | 3:10pm

West Ham United at front of queue to sign Scott McTominay as Manchester United exit development emerges

West Ham United are at the front of the queue along with Newcastle to sign Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay this summer, according to The Sun.

The £60,000-a-wk Scottish international has played a bit-part role under Erik ten Hag this season at Old Trafford, having established himself as a key figure before Casemiro and Eriksen’s summer arrivals.

The Hammers have long been linked with McTominay with David Moyes reportedly earmarking him as a potential replacement for the departing Declan Rice.

And according to The Sun [26 May] Manchester United’s interest in Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount is likely to spark a transfer merry-go-round at Old Trafford, with McTominay and Van de Beek set for the Old Trafford exit, according to sources.

“A United source told Sun Sport: “The club are keen to make Mason Mount a Manchester United player.

“But Mason’s arrival would leave McTominay further down the pecking order and he’s at a stage of his career now where he wants to be playing every week.

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“There are no shortage of clubs interested and although United are not necessarily keen to sell him, he is likely to try and push for a move to take the next step in his career.

“Newcastle and West Ham are at the front of the queue but Brighton could also be looking to bring in a midfielder and think they could use European football to tempt some bigger names this summer.”

Great addition

It’s no secret that West Ham United will be short of midfield options this summer, should Rice eventually leave the London Stadium and the potentially departing Tomas Soucek follow him out of East London.

The Hammers have been linked with a whole host of names in recent months to replace Rice but there may not be a potentially more established name than McTominay.

The Scottish international has certainly had his detractors at Old Trafford, but no one can fault his professionalism, midfield endeavour and aggression when the Red Devils need it most.

Under former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the Carrington academy graduate was arguably one of the club’s best players before they went and invested heavily on Casemiro under Ten Hag.

At West Ham United, the destructive midfielder could certainly find his form again, not only filling some of Rice’s shoes but becoming an instant favourite at the London Stadium. And he certainly must have the Premier League edge already with Newcastle United also interested.

Whatever has been said about him in the past, McTominay is an established Premier League performer and a perfect component to begin the post-Rice era in East London.