Manchester United midfielder James Garner was a standout for Nottingham Forest during 2021/22.

With Forest landing Dean Henderson on loan, it rules out the concept of Garner returning for a third loan spell on Trentside.

But, Forest could have the perfect opportunity to make a bid to sign him permanently.

United are under pressure from their supporters to sign Erik ten Hag the players he needs to bring back to the glory days.

One target, in particular, is Barcelona star, Frenkie de Jong. The Dutchman played under Ten Hag during his time at Ajax.

Forest Garner situation
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The Catalan giants want £75 million for their midfielder but a recent United bid of £51 million was rejected as too it was too low.

At 25-years-old, De Jong would be a stunning signing for United but he is a player with similar capabilities to Garner.

United are hardly going to spend a large sum on the 43-cap star and then stick him on the bench.

If the Red Devils sign him, they’re going to play him and that won’t help Garner’s case.

After spending 18 months at Forest as the darling of the fan base, the 21-year-old isn’t going to want to sit on a bench again.

Another loan might be an option but there will come a time when Garner wants to feel like he has a proper home.

Forest should tempt United with cash offer for standout Garner

United will target De Jong and if that deal can be struck, they could go for another central midfield player.

Furthermore, United will perhaps try and cut their cloth accordingly ahead of the new season.

Given that they’re short in their valuation of the Holland performer, perhaps Forest should try and tempt United to sell Garner.

It won’t be easy. He’s rated very highly by the staff at United but ultimately it might be a case of needs must for the Red Devils.

Forest Garner standout
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Garner loved his time at Forest. He was instrumental during last season’s promotion-winning campaign and he will be desperate to play games.

The Championship is perhaps beneath him now and playing for Forest in the Premier League is something he might relish.

It’s not really clear what he would cost but if the Reds could offer United something they could be tempted to sell.

De Jong is a summer priority and if the stalemate isn’t resolved, selling Garner to raise some extra funds could be something that United are tempted to do.

The ongoing situation certainly offers Forest some food for thought.

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