Former Liverpool player Stan Collymore has urged Manchester United to use Scott McTominay in a deal to sign Declan Rice from West Ham, with the United midfielder going in the other direction.
Rice has been linked with a move to Old Trafford for several years but a move has never materialised as the England star was tied down to a long-term deal at the London Stadium.
Now, Rice’s deal is winding down and the biggest Premier League clubs are circling as they look to explore a move this summer, with Arsenal believed to be among the clubs interested.
Speaking recently, Collymore argued that a move to United would make more sense than joining Mikel Arteta’s side, claiming that Rice fits the profile of midfielder the Reds are missing.
“He’s obviously in demand and is likely to be at the centre of a summer battle but I actually think going to Manchester United would be the best move for him,” Collymore told CaughtOffside.
“Rice is the exact type of midfielder they’ve been crying out for, for years. He’s powerful, dynamic and can run box-to-box for days. Although the Red Devils probably wouldn’t want to splash £120m on one midfielder, especially when we all know how much Erik Ten Hag wants a new striker, I can definitely see a situation where they offer some money and a player.
“I think including Scott McTominay in an offer would be quite appealing to West Ham. Manchester United’s biggest obstacle will be convincing the player to relocate out of London but if Rice is up for moving further north, I think he could really thrive under Ten Hag.”
McTominay’s future at United is increasingly uncertain as Ten Hag prefers to use both Christian Eriksen and Casemiro in midfield, which has limited the Scotland international’s game time.
Additionally, McTominay has struggled with injuries recently and has not featured for United since he scored the winning goal against Everton on April 8.
Last month, it was reported that Ten Hag still views McTominay as a crucial figure in the squad and that the 26-year-old would only be sold if their asking price of £50m was met.