Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has indicated that James Garner is more likely to join Nottingham Forest or Derby County than Rangers this month, while speaking to Manchester United’s official website.
Bruno Fernandes might have been impressed by the guile and poise of a deep-lying midfielder who has been labelled ‘the next Michael Carrick’ by Solskjaer himself.
But with Fred, Scott McTominay, Nemanja Matic and more still ahead of him in the Old Trafford pecking order, the Birkinhead-born 20-year-old has a long way to go before he can be considered a regular part of United’s first-team plans.
In conversation with Stretty News, Garner’s agent admitted recently that Scottish giants Rangers had expressed an interest.
Derby boss Wayne Rooney, meanwhile, was hoping that his connections at United would see the England U20 international join a Rams side crying out for some extra quality in central midfield (Athletic).
Garner also has admirers on the other side of Brian Clough Way.
Nottingham Forest have unsurprisingly made the play-maker their top target following an outstanding loan spell at the City Ground during the second half of 2020/21.
Is James Garner returning to Nottinghm Forest?
“I would definitely think Jimmy will go on loan,” Solskjaer said when asked about Garner’s future, indicating that a return to England’s second-tier – rather than the top-flight of Scottish football – was edging closer.
“That’s more or less done.
“He’s done really well in pre-season, and he’s really impressed me, and I think for his career, another season, or another six months now to start with, playing regularly in the Championship will help him.”
Garner’s return would be a welcome boost for a Forest side who have begun the new season with three successive league defeats, particularly after the increasingly under-fire Chris Hughton hit a brick wall in his pursuit of Eredivisie star Zian Flemming.
Fortuna Sittard have rejected three bids from Nottingham Forest, valuing the Amsterdam-born schemer at around £2.5 million.