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Wolves in talks over signing Manchester United youngster Scott McTominay

Wolves are believed to be in talks with Manchester United over signing highly-rated young midfielder Scott McTominay on loan.

Wolves have been linked with a move for the young midfielder.
Wolves have been linked with a move for the young midfielder.

The 20-year-old has become their number one central midfield target after a move for Newcastle's Jack Colback fell through.

Powerful 6ft 4in midfielder McTominay impressed for United's first-team during pre-season, scoring against Valerenga after replacing Paul Pogba from the bench, but with his game time looking to be limited Wolves have pounced to try and snare him on loan.

McTominay is said to be highly regarded by Jose Mourinho, who gave him his Premier League debut in 2016/17.

That came as a substitute against Arsenal before McTominay played the full 90 minutes in a youthful United side which beat Crystal Palace 2-0 on the final day of the season.

He has also featured briefly as a striker for United's under-23 team.

Wolves are short of central midfield options after Dave Edwards' departure to Reading for £1m last Saturday.

They had spoken to Newcastle about the possibility of signing Colback but couldn't reach an agreement.

If the McTominay deal goes through he'll join Leo Bonatini, Willy Boly, Diogo Jota and Ruben Vinagre in heading to Molineux on a temporary deal this summer. Five are allowed in a matchday squad.

Wolves are still chasing a new striker before Thursday's 11pm transfer deadline. Jordan Rhodes of Sheffield Wednesday, Newcastle's Dwight Gayle and Preston's Jordan Hugill have been on their shortlist.

Of those three, Rhodes is thought to be the most viable if the Owls lower their demands on a fee for a player they paid £10m for just last month.

Hugill is a back-up option but Preston are determined not to sell, while Gayle is seen as too expensive with reports today that Newcastle wanted £18m for their top scorer of last season

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