Nottingham Forest wants to borrow or buy James Garner

Nottingham Forest wants Manchester United’s James Garner back next season, either as another loan or as a permanent deal, according to a new report.

Garner was one of Forest’s top performers last season and is by far the favorite among the club’s loyalists.

The Birkenhead-born man has played 49 games for the Midlands, scored four goals and 10 assists.

One of his outstanding performances was in the FA Cup semi-finals against Liverpool, which to some extent showed that he is ready to compete at Premier League level.

And while reports say the player himself wants to play for United’s first team, he will have to convince upcoming manager Erik ten The Hague that he is ready to take action.

“Garner may be part of the plans for the first team at Old Trafford,” reports Sun.

“[Forest] they want Garner on loan or as a full time purchase when they return to the Premier League.

However, Garner will certainly be on Erik ten Haga’s squad as the pre-season training and matches begin and the Dutchman is likely to judge if the midfielder can influence his roster.

“Forest is still optimistic about the chairlift to Garner.

“Although it will mean waiting for a reply and possibly starting the season without him.”

This is a risk, says The Sun, that Steve Cooper can take.

With a contract that runs until 2024, it is highly unlikely that United will allow Forest to buy the 21-year-old, but another loan will not be ruled out.

Much will depend on how we add midfielders this summer and how Garner handles preseason.

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