Nottingham Forest are still on the hunt to land Manchester United starlet James Garner this month. According to the Daily Mail, the Reds head coach Steve Cooper would dearly love to add the 21-year-old to his ranks before the window closes.

Garner was left on the bench by United boss Erik ten Hag at the weekend. The Red Devils were left shellshocked on the opening day of the campaign, with Brighton winning 2-1 at Old Trafford.

The youngster will be desperate to play regular football. He has spent the last 18 months on loan at Forest and was instrumental in Forest’s promotion-winning campaign of 2021/22.

Forest want Garner
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Garner struck up a wonderful rapport with the Reds supporters. He registered 10 assists during a fruitful campaign and also weighed in with four goals for the Reds.

The England Under-21 international is far too good to be sat on a bench. Furthermore, United are working tirelessly to try and add to their midfield ranks and that will further hinder Garner’s chances of game time.

Forest remain keen despite a summer that has seen them spend £85 million on their squad. Lewis O’Brien and Orel Mangala have already been added; with Remo Freuler set to join from Atalanta.

Forest still want Garner but deal looks unlikely

The Reds fan base would dearly love to get Garner back at the City Ground. Given the number of hurdles to overcome, however, it might be unobtainable for Forest this summer.

Forest can’t take Garner on another loan. They already have Dean Henderson from Manchester United and Premier League restrictions prevent them from taking another player from the same top-flight club.

Forest want Garner
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With that in mind, they’d need to buy him. Given that Garner is still rated as a hot prospect, it seems unlikely that they’d be willing to let him leave permanently this summer.

At the moment this looks like a wait-and-see situation. The Red Devils might decide to cash in but only if United can get the players in that they desperately crave.

Garner is back on the trail at Forest, however, and that alone will get Reds supporters all excited at the possibility of an emotional return.

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