The Shock Man Utd star is wanted by Bayern Munich as Joao Palhinha’s transfer falls through

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.

Man Utd star Scott McTominay is a target for Bayern Munich

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Man Utd star Scott McTominay is a target for Bayern MunichPhoto credit: AP
Bayern Munich missed Palhinha on transfer deadline day

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Bayern Munich missed Palhinha on transfer deadline dayPhoto credit: Getty

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.

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