Nottingham Forest loanee James Garner is a player that is going to see his name fill plenty of column inches in the coming months. Given the speculation so far, does anyone really know what the future holds for the 21-year-old.
Garner still has 10 games left in the Garibaldi. He will hope to help Steve Cooper’s team reach the play-offs, despite picking up just one point from the opening seven games of the season.
The United man has been a revelation during his second spell on Trentside. He has been superb since the turn of the year and naturally, clubs are taking notice.
A couple of weeks ago, Darren Fletcher claimed that Garner was one to watch at United. He namechecked the youngster as someone the club hopes will earn an Old Trafford chance next season.
Fast forward a few weeks and the Daily Mail are now suggesting that United might be willing to sell him; with Leeds, bizarrely, in the mix to try and sign him from their fierce rivals.
It does seem unlikely that United will sell him. He’s been brilliant for Forest and one area that the Red Devils need to reinforce is their engine room.
The Premier League giants have a proud history with their younger talents. As a result, selling him right now doesn’t make a deal of sense at all.
Hope for Forest over Garner
If the Daily Mail is to prove accurate then Forest will be buoyed by the news. Promotion will need to be secured first though, with Garner destined for the Premier League.
It still seems likely that the England under-21 man will get a chance to shine. United would kick themselves if Garner went elsewhere in the top-flight and become a major player.
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From a Forest perspective, their ambition could be evident. Cooper will surely ask some questions to United and the Reds would love to keep him.
For all the world it seems like United will give Garner an opportunity and as a result, it seems conclusive that nobody really knows what the future holds for the Forest man.