NEWCASTLE have reportedly held talks to explore the possibility of a January transfer for Manchester United star Scott McTominay.

The Magpies are keen to add a midfielder to their squad to help sustain their top-four charge.

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Eddie Howe‘s men are sat 3rd in the Premier League after 20 games played.

And according to The Athletic, McTominay is a midfielder Howe admirers.

Talks over a January transfer have been held – but Man Utd are expected to turn down any formal offers.

The Toon were interested in McTominay in the summer, however a move did not materialise.

A summer 2023 transfer cannot be ruled out, though.

Should McTominay join Newcastle’s exciting project, he would be a key part of Howe’s squad moving forward.

The 26-year-old is having to settle for a squad role at Old Trafford following the big-money arrival of Casemiro from Real Madrid.

Despite handing McTominay limited game time, manager Erik ten Hag says the Scotsman is a “great player” for the team.

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Speaking on McTominay’s selection ahead of Sunday’s 3-2 loss to Arsenal, Ten Hag said: “I’m convinced this is the right solution, Scott can do the job, he’s a great player for our squad.

“He’s a great player for this team and I think he’s also making a good development.

“I had something in mind for where Fred could have played, a role like last week against City, but during the game, we can change if necessary.”

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