Leicester City could crush Nottingham Forest transfer hopes

Premier League side Leicester City have become the latest side to enter the race for Manchester United’s James Garner, according to a report by the Daily Mirror.

The 21-year-old has been a fixture for Nottingham Forest under Steve Cooper this season. He made 47 appearances in all competitions and recorded four goals and ten assists as a valuable contributor going forward.

Garner also keeps the Reds in midfield and is likely to leave a sizeable void to fill at the City Ground if he leaves after his loan expires as the second-rate side lack the option of making that deal permanent.

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However, East Midlands officials are still hoping the 21-year-old will return to the club in the summer, although United boss Erik Ten Haag may be looking at him in pre-season before deciding on his next best move.

They are not alone in their quest to recruit the midfielder, with Leeds United and Southampton also reporting that they are keeping his current situation under review ahead of a potential move, with both sides guaranteed to play top-notch football next season.

Leicester will also be active in the top flight and are willing to take their time before making a move for him, potentially putting Forest at a disadvantage in their bid to recruit him again.

However, the Reds have a great chance to improve their chances of winning this race if they meet Huddersfield in this afternoon’s play-off final. A win at Wembley could put her firmly in the running for his signature.

The judgment:

This latest report only underscores how important it is for Forest to come out on top this afternoon – because it would put them in an extremely strong position to re-recruit Garner next season.

Leicester may be the best side of the four interested sides mentioned – but the 21-year-old is already used to Steve Cooper’s methods and his team-mates – so a return to the City Ground would make sense if they were promoted.

For the player, he needs playing time more than anything else at this stage and that’s why he needs reassurances from the Foxes, the Saints or the Whites if they’ve formally tried to lure him away from Old Trafford.

Some would argue that if he were only given a limited number of first-team chances next season, it wouldn’t be a major disaster considering he could easily return to Old Trafford next season.

However, he is at a delicate point in his career and if he can flourish again next season it could be crucial for the 21-year-old, who has the potential to eventually become a useful first-team player at United.

Staying with Forest and under Cooper’s management seems like a safe bet and the most ideal option if they win promotion so it will be interesting to see where he ends up.

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