Nottingham Forest “retains a glimmer of hope” to land another loan for Manchester United midfielder James Garner, according to the Nottingham Post.
Nottingham Forest are hoping to strengthen their midfield options this summer as they aim to build on a disappointing 17th place last time around.
Luke Freeman, Anthony Knockaert, Filip Krovinovic and James Garner loan deals have all ended and manager Chris Hughton is on the hunt for replacements.
The latter is still on Forest’s radar this summer, but they face stiff Premier League competition with Brighton and Hove Albion and Norwich City, as well as the Scottish champions Premiership Rangers.
Manchester United are looking to loan the 20-year-old again this summer in a bid to secure regular minutes and Forest is hoping for another loan deal in the coming months and Hughton’s side “would like to get him back” according to the report. .
However, Nottingham Forest will have to be patient. The report says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side should give Garner a chance to impress in the preseason.
There are a lot of players ahead of him in the pecking order at Old Trafford with like Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba, Donny van de Beek, Juan Mata and returning Jesse Lingard and Andreas Pereira, who spent last season on loan could be back in the running too.
With Garner, United youngsters Amad Diallo, Anthony Elanga, Shola Shoretire and Hannibal Mejbri are expected to leave, with an official decision to be made ‘closer to the start of the new season‘.