Nottingham Forest target James Garner has reportedly rejected a new contract with Manchester United. According to Football Insider, the 20-year-old has rejected the latest terms proposed to him by the Red Devils.

It has been anticipated that United would tie down Garner to a new deal. Forest, Derby County and Stoke City are all keen to take the midfielder on loan for the 2021/22 campaign.

Some bad news for Forest has emerged though. It is claimed that United won’t be sanctioning a loan move until he reaches terms on a new deal at Old Trafford.

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Garner’s contract will expire next summer. United do hold an option to extend that by a further year, although they want the maestro to sign a long-term extension.

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Sheffield United are also interested in signing the player who excelled at Forest last season. In 20 appearances at the City Ground, he scored four goals and quickly became a fan favourite.

Signing him might have just become more difficult. Forest won’t be able to afford a hefty transfer fee to sign him permanently, whilst United will dig their heels in until he pens a new deal over a line.

Can Forest still get a deal for Garner over the line

Maybe. United are keen to get him to sign a new deal, although he does technically have a deal at Old Trafford until 2023. As a result, there isn’t a major rush to get him tied down.

A loan move could be off the table for now though. With the report claiming they won’t sanction another temporary move until a new deal is signed, interested parties are left in limbo somewhat.

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Forest must have other targets in mind. They can’t place all their eggs in the basket to sign Garner, with their midfield a problem area.

Plenty could happen between now and the end of the window but it’s fair to say supporters would love to see Garner at the City Ground in a Forest shirt.

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