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Paul Robinson would rather see Leeds United allocate funds to strengthening other areas of their squad with £14million-rated Manchester United midfielder linked with a move to Elland Road.
The Athletic’s David Ornstein reported on 15 August that Leeds, Everton and Southampton are all keen on signing the 21-year-old midfielder, who did well while on loan at Nottingham Forest last season.
The Sun, however, has recently added on the 20 August that Leeds are not willing to meet Man United’s £14million valuation of the England Under-21s ace.
Man United are said to be willing to sell Garner this summer amid interest from a host of Premier League clubs.
However, Robinson doesn’t want the Whites to pursue a deal as he’s suspicious about why Forest haven’t tried a permanent deal.
He also suggests Leeds don’t need more midfield reinforcements.
“If he did that well at Forest last year and Forest didn’t deem his as worth £14million and haven’t taken a chance on signing him in the Premier League, you question why,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.
“If he did that well then why haven’t they gone back in and bought him?
“Forest’s recruitment has been widely spread this summer, they’ve spent a lot of money on a lot of players.
“Also, do Leeds need that many players in that area?
“You’d think that money is needed elsewhere. I think the two areas Leeds need is a left-back and a striker before anything else.”
Garner has been an unused substitute for Man United in their first two Premier League matches this season.
Last season, he helped Forest win promotion to the Premier League by scoring four goals and supplying 10 assists in 49 appearances across all competitions.
Trevor Sinclair told talkSPORT on 8 February that the Man United outcast is similar to Old Trafford legend David Beckham for his ability to get the ball into the penalty area.
“James Garner’s deliveries remind me of David Beckham’s,” said Sinclair.
“He’s got that dip and that whip and it causes so many problems. The pace on the ball, he’s putting it on a sixpence every time.
“The advantage is with the attackers because they know where he’s aiming depending on what signal he puts up. It’s an absolutely phenomenal cross that he’s got in the locker.”
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