James Garner’s agent has suggested that the midfielder could spend next season in the Premier League, with Brighton & Hove Albion, Norwich City and even Scottish Premiership champions Rangers keen to sign the Manchester United youngster.
After a tough first half of the season which saw him in and out of Watford’s team, Garner had the opportunity to switch clubs in the January transfer window, and he ended up at Forest ahead of several other clubs.
The 20-year-old has slotted in seamlessly into Chris Hughton’s line-up, appearing in every single league game since his signing and has been a mainstay in the starting 11.
Garner has scored twice for Forest this season – once in a huge grudge match against Derby County and he netted the winner yesterday against Cardiff City, enhancing his credentials as a player who could be destined for big things.
Forest fans will be desperate for the midfielder to return next season on a season-long loan, but it may not be as straight-forward as that.
Steven Beck, Garner’s agent and owner of Triple S Sports & Entertainment, believes that whilst there’s a possibility that Garner could force himself into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad next season, another loan move definitely isn’t off the table, but it could be the Premier League where Garner plays – a league Forest won’t be in next season.
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“I had a couple of chats with John Murtough (Man Utd’s football director) last week, but I’m so relaxed on the situation, as is James because things are going so well for him.” said Beck, per Stretty News.
“James has put himself in a great position where he’s probably going to have, if he does go out on loan again, the majority of the Championship and I would be amazed if one or two Premier League clubs don’t try and do something.
“I know Brighton like him, I know Norwich like him, I know Rangers are really keen on him as well.”
Forest fans who wanted to see Garner remain at the City Ground next season – look away now.
United will want to see the 20-year-old play at the highest level possible whilst getting as many minutes, and if a Premier League club comes calling then it’s almost a given that Garner will be playing there.
With Oliver Skipp potentially staying at Tottenham next season, Garner could slot into Daniel Farke’s engine room pretty easily, whilst a potential move to Rangers would see Garner exposed to European football.
It’s going to be an interesting summer for the player that’s for sure, and whilst a full season at Forest isn’t off the table just yet, it’s hard to see Garner being in their red shirt next season.