Manchester United have turned down loan bids for James Wilson from two clubs according to a report.
The Daily Star Sunday claims both Wigan Athletic and Burnley have approached United over the possibility of taking the striker on loan next season, but it adds that United have refused both clubs that opportunity.
It is claimed United want Louis van Gaal to see Wilson at close quarters before a decision is made regarding his short-term future.
Wilson burst onto the scene last season when he scored a brace on his debut in a 3-1 win over Hull City.
The 18-year-old has regularly played above his age level since arriving at United, and is regarded as one of the best goal-scorers the club has produced in recent times.
Given van Gaal’s focus on youth, it is no surprise the 62-year-old wants to see what Wilson can do when he officially takes over at the club after the World Cup.
But if the decision is made to keep Wilson, that could impact one or two of United’s fringe strikers – most notably Javier Hernandez.
The Mexican international had a season to forget under David Moyes, and in turn lost his starting-place for his country in Brazil. And if van Gaal opts to keep Wilson in the United fold for the new campaign, that could further limit Hernandez’s opportunities.
Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney will almost certainly be first-choice starters when fit, while the flexibility of Danny Welbeck allows him to play in a number of positions.
With two play-makers in the form of Juan Mata and Shinji Kagawa also vying for a number 10 position, it means competition for places in United’s attack will be fierce.
Of course van Gaal may opt to send Wilson on loan to maximise his first-team chances. But the way the teenager began his United career, there is a feeling he could remain and further an already burgeoning reputation under one of the best coaches a young player could hope to work under.