Report: Derby County eye loan deal for Manchester United striker James Wilson

Derby County have been linked with a move for Manchester United’s James Wilson.

Derby County are eyeing a loan deal for Manchester United striker James Wilson, the Daily Star report.

The Rams were one of the busier clubs in the Championship in regards to transfer activity over the summer, with new owner Mel Morris flexing his financial muscle.

The club’s transfer record was broken twice, first with talented winger Tom Ince arriving from Hull City and then following a deadline day deal for former Norwich City midfielder Bradley Johnson.

With the transfer window shut, Championship clubs still have the option of adding to their squad via loans and a report in the Daily Star claims Derby are looking to exercise that with United’s James Wilson.

What would Wilson offer Derby?

The 19-year-old hasn’t played much competitive football in his young career, yet he is still highly rated at Old Trafford as he continues to impress in the club’s youth teams and on the training ground.

Predominantly a striker who likes to play down the middle, Wilson would provide yet further attacking options for Derby boss Paul Clement and boasts a goal scoring record which can’t be ignored.

Do Derby actually need him?

With Chris Martin, Darren Bent, Johnny Russell and Andreas Weimann capable of playing through the middle, the speculation regarding Derby’s alleged interest comes as a bit of a surprise.

However, there is a real lack of a like-for-like alternative to Martin and should the Scot pick up an injury, the East Midlands outfit would be forced to chance system to compensate for his loss.

Likelihood of a deal?

The Daily Star claim that the Red Devils could be open to a loan move, and the Championship represents a competitive challenge for a rather inexperienced Wilson who is in need of regular first-team action.

The likelihood of Wilson moving to Derby might be slim, but a loan deal elsewhere is worth considering.

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