Manchester United midfielder James Garner is reportedly closing in on a loan move to Nottingham Forest.
According to Football Insider, the 19-year-old is set to undergo a medical at the City Ground this morning, after having his loan deal at Watford terminated.
Garner made 12 league starts for Watford and made 23 appearances for the club in total, but regular game time is needed.
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The Reds now look set to add the Manchester United man to their squad, as Chris Hughton looks to bolster his midfield options.
Ryan Yates, Harry Arter and Jack Colback are all out through injury, whilst Dan Gosling rejected a move to Forest from Bournemouth this week.
Garner, then, would add much-needed depth to the Forest midfield, and would become Forest’s sixth loan addition.
Here, we take a look at one winner and one loser, as Garner prepares to leave Old Trafford on a temporary basis once again…
Winner: Chris Hughton
Forest are currently looking short in midfield. Last weekend, Loic Mbe Soh – a natural centre-half – started in midfield alongside the returning Fouad Bachirou.
Cafu is likely to move into a deeper role against Barnsley this weekend, but Garner would add depth whilst Yates, Colback and Arter are missing.
Bringing in a player who has done well at this level, is young and hungry, and is used to playing in a position which needs strengthening, is a positive move.
Loser: Harry Arter
Garner’s arrival would add much-needed depth and a lot of competition to the midfield, which could be detrimental for Arter.
Arter is currently out injured, and has struggled for regular game time this season having made only eight league starts.
This week, it has been reported that Arter has been told to find a new club, despite arriving on a three-year deal from Bournemouth back in September.
If the 31-year-old isn’t in Chris Hughton’s plans, then the arrival of Garner will only push Arter down the pecking order.