Newcastle United have been warned that they will not be able to prise Scott McTominay away from Old Trafford this winter, despite the Magpies being keen to add to their midfield ranks in January.
Eddie Howe’s side are in a race for European football, with the Magpies currently sitting third in the Premier League, six points ahead of fifth-placed Tottenham in a race for the Champions League spots.
And they are looking to strengthen their squad this winter in order to consolidate European football at St James Park next season for the first time in two decades, with signings expected to be made.
Asked on potential additions, Howe confirmed that work was being done, explaining that “There is a lot of work going on but there is no positive news to bring you (so far).”
One of those that will not be happening, however, is a move for Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay, with the Athletic reporting that “sources insist there will be no sales in the closing days of the window, as there is limited time to reinvest and Ten Hag sees McTominay as a valuable member of his squad”.
McTominay played 90 minutes in his side’s 3-2 defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, and appears to be the favoured understudy for decorated midfielder Casemiro, who was suspended for the tie.
Additionally, Newcastle and Manchester United are currently rivals for European football, with the pair only separated by goal difference after 20 games apiece.
The report adds, however, that ‘Eddie Howe has been on the lookout for a new midfielder”, opening the door for a new face to arrive on Tyneside before the transfer deadline on January 31st.