Tottenham and Nottingham Forest ‘interested in Manchester United’s James Garner’ as Erik ten Hag ‘will allow the player to depart permanently for £14m’… despite the club’s problems in midfield
- James Garner will be allowed to leave Manchester United on a permanent deal
- The midfielder starred on loan at Nottingham Forest as the club were promoted
- Erik ten Hag is happy to let the 21-year-old depart with Garner valued at £14m
- Several Premier League clubs are keen on a move for the United youngster
Manchester United are willing to let James Garner leave on a permanent deal, according to reports.
The midfielder excelled on loan at Nottingham Forest last season and was hoping to force his way into first-team contention under new manager Erik ten Hag.
But Ten Hag is happy to let Garner leave Old Trafford permanently, with several Premier League clubs interested in a move for the 21-year-old, including Tottenham and Forest, according to The Athletic.
Manchester United are reportedly willing to let James Garner leave permanently for £14m
Everton, Southampton and Leeds United have also been credited with an interest in Garner.
United value the England under-21 international at £14million and are content to let him leave if a suitable bid arrives.
Garner joined the Red Devils on their pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia but was hindered by a minor injury which limited his chances to impress Ten Hag.
The midfielder excelled on loan at the City Ground last season as Forest won promotion
He has been an unused substitute in their opening two Premier League defeats to Brighton and Brentford, with Donny van de Beek preferred and sent on in both games instead.
The former Forest and Watford loanee joined United’s academy in 2009 at under-8 level and played 41 times for Steve Cooper’s side last season as they won promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs.
Forest have been heavily linked to a move for Garner in this summer’s transfer window.
United continue to look to add in midfield after they agreed a £15m deal for Adrien Rabiot
Any such move from Forest would have to be on a permanent deal given United’s Dean Henderson arrived at the City Ground on loan, and Premier League rules stipulate you can only have one player on loan from any single top division side at a time.
A departure for Garner will only take place if it suits both the player and the club, with Ten Hag’s disastrous start to the season likely to increase the chances of the midfielder forcing his way into the United starting XI.
He has made seven appearances for the first team at Old Trafford since making his debut as a 17-year-old against Crystal Palace in February 2019.
The Red Devils are hoping to strengthen in midfield as they aim to finalise a move for Adrien Rabiot after agreeing a £15m deal with Juventus.
However, the transfer saga with Frenkie de Jong continues to rumble on with talks having taken place all summer.