Victor Orta is eyeing up a Leeds United swoop for Manchester United’s James Garner heading into the summer transfer window…
The report claims that Leicester and Southampton are also keen on the youngster, with the former said to be willing to wait it out for his availability this summer.
It remains to be seen whether or not the Red Devils will be willing to send him out on loan, or a permanent deal, as Erik ten Hag is set to run the rule over his players in the coming weeks.
The American head coach needs Garner at Elland Road as he is badly in need of midfield reinforcements in the upcoming window.
No Whites central midfielder averaged a SofaScore rating higher than 6.85 and Mateusz Klich – who played 33 times – averaged an unimpressive score of 6.67. This suggests that Marsch does not have an array of quality in his options in the middle of the park, which is why Orta must look to bring in one, or two, players to bolster his selection.
Garner can be the player Leeds need as he has shown that he has the potential to be an excellent player at Premier League level.
The 21-year-old has enjoyed a stellar campaign on loan at Nottingham Forest in the Championship and earned plaudits for his displays.
Former Leeds goalkeeper Paul Robinson previously heaped praise on him, saying:
“Garner has been exceptional at Forest. He is an example of why players get sent out on loan.
“He can play at the top level and I think he has proven that at Forest. I don’t think he’s one that will go straight into the Man United side but I think there is a first-team role there for him and he will feature next season.”
These comments highlight how well the gem has performed and his statistics back that up.
The £20k-per-week dynamo has been outstanding in the second tier and this is why he may have the ability to make the step up to the top flight.
If he can adapt to Premier League football and produce a similar level of displays then he will be an incredible signing for the Lillywhites and exactly what Marsch needs to improve his lacklustre midfield options.
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