Nottingham Forest have been dealt a potential blow in their bid to bring James Garner back to The City Ground this summer.
That’s according to a claim made by Jonathan Shrager, with the journalist revealing on Twitter that a number of clubs are interested in taking the Manchester United central midfielder on loan next season, with both Swansea City and Nottingham Forest being named as two clubs that are extremely keen on a deal for the 20-year-old.
However, Shrager goes on to claim that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will wait until all of the United players are back in training before deciding whether or not he would be willing to let the youngster leave the club once again this summer. The Norwegian is also thought to be eager to tie the England U20 international down to a new contract at Old Trafford.
It seems unlikely that Garner will be a key part of Solskjaer’s first-team plans next season with the likes of Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba, Scott McTominay, Donny van de Beek and Fred all appearing ahead of the 20-year-old as viable options in the middle of the park.
However, the fact that the 48-year-old is unsure as to whether he will be allowing the youngster to leave this summer could be a blow to Forest’s hopes of signing the midfielder this summer.
Considering Swansea are also thought to be in the race for the man Fred dubbed an “incredible” player, it should come as a further flow.
Steve Cooper has earned a reputation of being a fantastic coach when it comes to developing younger players, with clubs proposing loan deals to the Swans, rather than visa-versa. Thus, United may think that the £3.6m-rated gem would progress at a faster rate in Wales, rather than at the City Ground.
However, for now, there is nothing more that Chris Hughton and his side can do but wait to see exactly what plans Solskjaer has for Garner next season.