Manchester United striker James Wilson would have point to prove at Leeds

Leeds fans celebrate their team's victory during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on November 29, 2014 in Leeds, England.

Leeds United want to sign James Wilson on loan from their big rivals - but the striker struggled previously at Brighton and Derby County.

James Wilson of Manchester United celebrates scoring the second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Hull City at Old Trafford on May 6, 2014 in...

With regards to Manchester United and Leeds, absence hasn’t exactly made the heart grow stronger. The Northern rivals have met only twice since The Whites were relegated from the Premier League in 2004 but the animosity remains alive and well.

Nonetheless, this has not stopped United sending their highly-rated youngsters across to Elland Road in recent years for valuable game time. And The Sun report that James Wilson could be the latest fresh-faced talent to swap Lancashire for Yorkshire on a temporary basis.

The report claims that the 21-year-old is a target for both Leeds and Championship rivals Reading in January – and the Championship duo's hopes were boosted when Wilson admitted that it is a ‘possibility’ that he could leave Old Trafford on loan in the New Year.

Point to prove

And this will not be the first time Wilson has headed to the second tier on loan. Though the Old Trafford academy graduate, who shot to fame when scoring twice on his senior debut against Hull City in 2014, will be hoping his latest short-term move goes a little better than the last two.

James Wilson of Derby during the Sky Bet Championship match between Burton Albion and Derby County at Pirelli Stadium on August 26, 2016 in Burton-upon-Trent, England.

The one-time England Under-21 international spent the second half of the 2015/16 season at Brighton but scored just five goals in 25 Championship appearances. The campaign after, Wilson played four goalless league games for Derby County before a knee ligament injury brought a premature end to his spell at Pride Park.

Wilson, then, would arrive at Leeds with something of a point to prove in January. Thomas Christiansen’s side could do with another goalscorer to take the pressure off Pierre-Michel Lasogga but the youngster’s less than impressive record in the Championship means he looks more Will Keane than Marcus Rashford right now.

James Wilson of Brighton and Hove Albion takes a shot on goal under pressure from Marcus Olsson of Derby County during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brighton and Hove Albion and...

If Wilson shows his potential at Elland Road, however, a spell at Man United’s historical rivals could be the boost his career needs.

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