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.
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.
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.
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.