SCOTT McTOMINAY is Bayern Munich’s backup plan if they fail to sign Joao Palhinha in the January window.
Fulham star Palhinha signed a contract extension last week after his summer move to the German giants fell through at the last minute.
The 28-year-old Portuguese passed FC Bayern’s medical examination and was expected to sign on deadline day.
But the west Londoners pulled the plug because they couldn’t find a suitable replacement.
That was partly because Manchester United midfielder McTominay, who started yesterday’s 3-1 defeat to Brighton at Old Trafford (above), was unwilling to move to Craven Cottage.
And now Bundesliga champions Bayern are considering cutting out the middleman and replacing the 26-year-old, who has 40 caps and six goals for Scotland.
However, their hunt for Palhinha is not over yet.
The highly rated 22-time Portugal international’s new contract gave him a hefty pay rise and extended his contract for a further year – without inserting a release clause.
But in reality, that makes little difference to the £50m-plus transfer fee that Marco Silva’s Cottagers would demand if Bayern or anyone else came after their star in the new year.
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Bayern boss Thomas Tuchel wants a defensive midfielder and Friday’s disappointing 2-2 home draw against Bayer Leverkusen has only strengthened his resolve.
Tottenham star Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, who played for FC Bayern at the beginning of his career, is also a candidate.
But Tuchel appreciates McTominay’s qualities after watching him in action during his tenure as Chelsea manager.