Leeds United likely to miss out on James Garner if he leaves Manchester United on loan
Manchester United midfielder James Garner is most likely to return to Nottingham Forest on loan this summer if he leaves, despite interest from Leeds.
The Whites were linked with a move for the England Under-21 international earlier in the summer [Phil Hay, April 29] as they look to bolster their squad following their battle against relegation in the 2021/22 season.
After an impressive loan spell at the City Ground in the Championship, Forest are keen to bring Garner back in but Man United boss Erik Ten Hag wants to take a closer look at him during pre-season.
According to The Telegraph [July 17] a return to Forest on loan is currently the most likely outcome during this window, meaning Leeds are likely to miss out on their man despite being a more established Premier League side.
“A loan, and a return to Nottingham Forest where he played an instrumental role in helping the club win promotion to the Premier League, seems the most likely scenario but Garner is hoping to make the most of the last week in Australia [on tour with Man Utd],” they wrote.
Garner was an early target in the window for Leeds, but as the transfer market progressed and evolved he seemed to drop further and further down the pecking order.
After Kalvin Phillips’ departure was confirmed to Manchester City, the Whites confirmed the arrival of Tyler Adams to add to Marc Roca’s signing earlier in the window to bolster the midfield.
That meant the arrival of Garner was no longer really needed, and with Man United taking their time to make a decision it seems as though the club have moved on from a deal.
With that said though, there is always the possibility that a deal is re-visited if and when a decision on his future for the upcoming season is made, but that seems unlikely at this point.
Forest have a Garner-shaped hole in their team already after he was there last season, and he would be able to slot in seamlessly knowing he will play regular first-team football, while we already have better and more established alternatives at the club.
In other Leeds news, the Whites have interest in one “magician” but a deal isn’t currently being pursued