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Moyes Admits Baffling Man United Transfer Raid

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Ex-West Ham boss David Moyes has revealed his past efforts to recruit Manchester United’s midfielder Scott McTominay following Declan Rice’s transfer to Arsenal.

Many Hammers fans will recall Moyes double transfer raid on Man United for both McTominay and skipper Harry Maguire. Both attempts proved unsuccessful with many blaming the West Ham board for pulling the plug on the Maguire deal when it got too pricey.

Although West Ham succeeded in acquiring James Ward-Prowse and Edson Alvarez, Moyes admitted that there was significant interest in McTominay, but they were unable to finalise the deal.

Currently in Germany for Euro 2024, McTominay recently participated in Scotland’s painful exit from the tournament, losing 1-0 to Hungary from a goal in the 100th minute. This defeat eliminated Scotland from the tournament while advancing Hungary to the last-16.

“Many managers can tell you about the ‘one that got away,’ and for me, that’s McTominay because I wanted him at West Ham last summer,” Moyes shared with BBC Sport.

“The task of finding a direct replacement for Declan Rice when he moved to Arsenal was daunting, and our strategy wasn’t to replace him with a single player but to strengthen our midfield with several talents,” he explained.

“We managed to sign two excellent players, James Ward-Prowse and Edson Alvarez, who provided the necessary coverage. However, we also had a strong interest in McTominay. He is a versatile midfielder, particularly skilled at timely arrivals in the box or around it to either score or create opportunities,” Moyes added.

“McTominay was a crucial target for us, but ultimately, we couldn’t seal the deal, and he continued to score important goals for Manchester United instead,” he concluded.

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David Moyes wanted McTominay as Soucek Mk2

Repairing his own errors

The irony of Moyes bemoaning the lack of a goalscoring midfielder during the week when he admitted changing Tomas Soucek’s role should be lost on nobody. The former West Ham gaffer publicly admitted asking the Soucek to play a more defensive position to allow Declan Rice to play a more expansive role.

The move came off the back of a season when the Czech had scored in double figures by using precisely the same qualities Moyes appeared to admire in McTominay.

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