Sandro Tonali, the Newcastle United midfielder, is facing a lengthy time away from the pitch due to a 10-month suspension (with an additional eight months suspended) owing to violations of Italian betting laws.
Eddie Howe, Newcastle’s manager, finds himself in a tight spot as Tonali will be out of action until the tail end of August in the coming year, rendering him unavailable for the European Championship in Germany, provided Italy makes the cut.
The urgency to find a replacement has led Howe’s gaze towards Scott McTominay, who is held in high regard by Howe. Newcastle United is reportedly contemplating a move for McTominay to fill the void left by Tonali.
The Athletic has reported that the Magpies could initiate a move for McTominay as Tonali’s anticipated 10-month ban has come to fruition. The sanction means the club’s recent acquisition will be sidelined for the remainder of the season, as well as Euro 2024.
Newcastle’s attention could pivot towards McTominay, who has recently found a spot in Erik ten Hag’s starting lineup at Manchester United, impressing with crucial goals. Notably, he scored twice in a dramatic 2-1 comeback victory against Brentford on October 7.
McTominay’s ongoing stint at Manchester United, however, is shrouded in uncertainty as he was linked to a summer exit. A £30 million bid from West Ham United for the Scottish player fell through, with both Newcastle and Bayern Munich expressing their interest at the time.
Howe might rekindle Newcastle’s interest in the academy product from Manchester United. McTominay has recorded three goals in eight appearances across various competitions this season and has two years remaining on his current deal.
The willingness of Manchester United to part ways with McTominay, especially to a club that could challenge them for a top-four spot, is yet to be determined. His contributions have proven valuable to Ten Hag’s squad this season.