Newcastle United could reignite their interest in Manchester United and Scotland midfielder Scott McTominay.
The Athletic reports that McTominay is one of three potential targets if the Magpies decide to bring in a replacement for Italy international Sandro Tonali, who is facing a ban for breaking betting rules.
Newcastle are also keeping Everton and Belgium star Amadou Onana and Fulham and Portugal ace Joao Palhinha on their radar ahead of the January transfer window.
A potential suspension looms for Newcastle United’s midfielder, Sandro Tonali, following an investigation by Italian officials regarding his alleged involvement in illicit football betting activities.
With Nicolo Fagioli of Juventus, a figure in the same inquiry, slapped with a seven-month ban, the signs are ominous for the 23-year-old Tonali.
The recent turn of events took Newcastle’s management by surprise. “This was completely unexpected for all of us,” commented a visibly stunned Eddie Howe, the club’s manager.
Tonali’s induction this summer had been seen as a masterstroke, instantly bolstering Newcastle’s starting line-up. Excelling in one of the No 8 positions in Howe’s midfield trio, he has already demonstrated his worth in fixtures against the likes of Aston Villa and Paris Saint-Germain.
The midfielder’s adaptability on the pitch, combined with his commendable health record – he’s scarcely missed a game due to injury – had made him indispensable for the team.
Now, with a hectic season schedule on the horizon, Newcastle must strategize quickly, potentially eyeing new acquisitions or loan deals to compensate for the void Tonali might leave.