West Ham United ‘preparing to open Scott McTominay talks with Manchester United’

West Ham United prepare to enter into negotiations with Manchester United over a potential deal for Scott McTominay, according to a report.

West Ham United are reportedly ready to enter into negotiations with Manchester United over a potential deal for central midfielder Scott McTominay.

The Scotland international’s future is currently the subject of much speculation, with the Red Devils said to be open to offers for him during the summer window.

Man United are not believed to be actively looking to sell the 26-year-old but are prepared to listen to serious bids, with West Ham thought to lead the interest in his services.

The Hammers are currently in discussions over a potential deal for Ajax’s Edson Alvarez and are thought to have already come to an agreement with the Mexico international over personal terms.

However, according to Football Insider, McTominay is also a leading target for David Moyes‘s side, who are ready to enter into negotiations with Man United over a possible deal.

Manchester United's Scott McTominay pictured after the match on February 19, 2023 © Reuters

The report claims that the 20-time English champions want £40m for the midfielder, but West Ham are not prepared to pay that figure for the Man United academy product.

Moyes’s side are allegedly confident that the Red Devils will drop their asking price, as Erik ten Hag‘s team are keen to bring in another midfielder, with Fiorentina’s Sofyan Amrabat seen as a leading target.

West Ham have money to spend this summer following Declan Rice‘s big-money switch to Arsenal, and Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse is also being heavily linked with a move to London Stadium.

Ward-Prowse starred during Southampton’s Championship opener against Sheffield Wednesday on Friday night, coming up with the assist for Che Adams to win the contest late on.

Newcastle United's Bruno Guimaraes in action with Manchester United's Scott McTominay on April 2, 2023© Reuters

McTominay has been involved in Man United’s preparations for the new campaign, but he missed Saturday’s contest with Lens due to a minor issue.

The midfielder could potentially be available for Sunday’s friendly with Athletic Bilbao, but he is likely to find it difficult to secure regular starts in the new season if he stays at Old Trafford.

Casemiro, Bruno Fernandes, Christian Eriksen and Mason Mount are all ahead of him in the pecking order, while a new midfielder is set to arrive in the near future.

Man United could potentially sell three first-team midfielders before the end of the transfer window, with Fred and Donny van de Beek also being heavily linked with exits.

McTominay featured on 39 occasions for the Red Devils last season, including 24 outings in the Premier League, but he only started 10 times in England’s top flight in 2022-23.

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