Rangers and several Premier League clubs intend to ask Manchester United about the availability of James Garner this summer, according to The Athletic.

The 20-year-old is thriving out on loan at Nottingham Forest, who would surely be keen to sign him again too.

Garner has played 14 times for the Reds during the second half of 2020/21, scoring three goals for the club.

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He spent the first half of the campaign with Watford, playing 21 times before falling down the pecking order.

The silky midfield player has been superb for Forest. His two goals at the weekend helped Forest to two wins and he’s getting better with each game.

Now, Rangers are keen to bolster their ranks, whilst Norwich and Brighton are also keen.

A move to link up with Steven Gerrard would perhaps be the most interesting situation.

The Rangers boss can offer Champions League football, whilst he’d also pass on some invaluable experience to Garner.

Gerrard won the Champions League as a player and is one of the best central midfielders to ever grace the Premier League.

United would surely relish their starlet getting that kind of exposure and might consider that option.

Norwich have enjoyed a stunning campaign this term and along with Brighton they provide the Premier League competition for Garner.

Does this end Forest’s hopes of an extension?

Not officially, although it does highlight just how tricky resigning him will be.

The Reds will be up against it and the chances probably hinge on whether or not those clubs sign alternatives instead.

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Forest would love Garner to play his part in a promotion push next season and they’ll surely be talking to the relevant people.

They could be facing a losing battle though and United might feel they want to get him some top-flight exposure next season.

That shouldn’t stop Forest from registering their interest, however.

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