The Athletic journalist Phil Hay has claimed that Leeds United have been impressed with James Garner at Nottingham Forest. It’s thought that the Whites might move for the Manchester United talent during the summer transfer window.

Garner has been fantastic for Forest. He has held down a place in Steve Cooper’s team and since the turn of the year, he’s showcased some remarkable form.

It does seem highly unlikely that United will allow their talented youngster to join a fierce rival on loan. Although, the chance for him to get a year of Premier League football under his belt could prove a decisive factor.

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Garner is eyeing a chance at Old Trafford. Whether or not he gets one amid a plethora of midfield talent remains to be seen, however, and another loan isn’t out of the question.

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The 21-year-old has played 36 times for Forest this season. He has scored three goals and claimed six assists during his time in the Garibaldi.

Last season he checked in for the second half of the campaign from United. He helped Chris Hughton’s team avoid relegation, scoring four goals in 20 appearances.

This time around he’s helping Forest fight for promotion instead. He’s struck up a nice partnership with Ryan Yates and he’ll be a miss for the Reds next season.

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The only chance the Reds have of keeping Garner is if they’re promoted. The midfielder deserves a crack at the top-flight and his form of late has been superb.

A Leeds move does look unlikely. It would be extremely strange for United to help Leeds out with a talented loanee given the long-standing rivalry between the two clubs.

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One way or another, Garner deserves a go in the Premier League. His passing radar has been brilliant and he shows maturity way beyond his tender years.

Forest have been brilliant for Garner’s development but their hopes of an extension look practically impossible, it has to be said.

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