Everton look set to win the race for Manchester United man James Garner following his exploits on loan at Nottingham Forest last season. According to Fabrizio Romano, the Toffees are set to agree on a fee with the Red Devils to sign the midfielder.
This will come as a blow to Forest head coach Steve Cooper. He enquired about taking Garner earlier this summer; although Forest have now moved on and signed other targets to bolster their midfield ranks this season.
As a result, it was always highly unlikely that Forest wouldn’t go back in for Garner. With Ryan Yates, Lewis O’Brien, Orel Mangala, Remo Freuler and Cheikhou Kouyate all added, there would be no room for Garner in the current ranks.
Add to the aforementioned list, Cafu and Jack Colback, it’s clear to see that the Reds are indeed well-stocked when it comes to their options in the midfield engine room.
Garner now looks like heading to Everton. Frank Lampard is in place as the club’s manager and the chance to learn from a Premier League great seems like the perfect move for the England under-21 international to make this summer.
It’s thought that the deal will cost Everton around £15 million. There will also be a string of add-ons included in the deal, although nothing is quite finalised just yet, according to The Athletic.
Garner was often given mass plaudits last season. In January, Nottinghamshire Live called his performance against Derby ‘superb’.
Everton set to win Garner race
There are obviously no guarantees in football. When it comes to Garner being a competent performer in the Premier League, the jury indeed remains out.
Garner is only 21-years-old though. With that in mind, he’d have been a great signing for the future if nothing else and perhaps Forest are missing a trick here.
Forest’s set pieces so far this season have been dreadful and Garner would have certainly helped in that area. Although sometimes sporadic, he did register seven assists from dead-ball situations last season.
It will be interesting to see how Garner gets on in the Premier League. Only time will tell whether or not the Reds live to rue this decision not to sign the youngster.