Leeds United look set to miss out on midfield target James Garner to Nottingham Forest, according to Jacque Talbot.
The Lowdown: Leeds interested in Garner
Phil Hay revealed shortly after the end of the season that the 21-year-old was on the club’s list of midfield targets this summer. The Whites even made an enquiry to Manchester United over a possible move.
Garner, who was labelled ‘superb’ by Midlands journalists earlier this year, helped Forest to reach the Premier League last month after contributing to 14 goals in 49 games, but it looks as if a move to Elland Road won’t materialise.
The Latest: Talbot’s update
Talbot took to Twitter on Friday afternoon to provide an update on Garner, sharing a report from Football Transfers.
He revealed that Manchester United want to keep the midfielder permanently but will once again sanction a loan move back to the City Ground, tweeting: “Exc: Told Manchester United will fend off interest for James Garner as they wish to keep him permanently – but he will be loaned back to Nottingham Forest. Don’t think Everton or Leeds have a chance at this point.”
The Verdict: First real transfer blow
Talbot believes that Leeds don’t have a chance when it comes to signing the 21-year-old, so it looks as if Victor Orta and co are set for their first big transfer blow of the summer.
How many more signings do Leeds need after Aaronson and Kristensen?
The club had it their own way in securing deals for Brenden Aaronson and Rasmus Kristensen, but it looks as if they’ll be facing Garner next season instead of securing his services.
Midfield reinforcements are urgently needed at Elland Road, especially with Kalvin Phillips linked with an exit, so hopefully the club have better luck in their pursuit of Bayern Munich’s Marc Roca.
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