Watford and QPR among those monitoring Manchester United defender Reece James

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HITC Sport understands that a number of clubs are ready to test Manchester United's resolve regarding highly-rated full-back Reece James.

Manchester United are facing pressure to sell in-demand full-back Reece James, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.

With United still concerned over the long-term fitness of last summer’s big-money signing Luke Shaw, they are reluctant to let one of his understudies leave this summer.

21-year-old James is held in high regard by assistant boss Ryan Giggs and Louis van Gaal is more than happy to keep him in the squad, hence handing him a new 18-month deal in February.

However, having impressed during a loan spell with Championship side Huddersfield Town last season, he is understood to be keen on regular first-team football, which will likely mean a move away from Old Trafford.

And interest is strong in James, with Premier League new boys Watford, recently-relegated Queens Park Rangers and Huddersfield all keen on sealing a permanent deal for him.

The interested parties are now waiting to see whether United will relax their stance and agree to a sale.

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