According to the Daily Mail, James Garner is ‘wanted’ by Sheffield Wednesday and Manchester United will ‘allow’ the 19-year-old to leave ‘on loan’ this summer. The Owls will have to battle Cardiff City and Swansea City for his signature, however.
With Sam Hutchinson, Kieran Lee and Joey Pelupessy out of contract in the coming months, Wednesday are on the hunt for replacements. Garry Monk could be left with Barry Bannan, Massimo Luongo and Alex Hunt in midfield next season, so Garner would help to fill a void.
Wednesday changed their transfer policy after overspending. The Owls are eyeing free transfers and loan signings to build their squad, so Garner fits the criteria. And with United happy to let the midfielder leave on a temporary basis, Wednesday have a good opportunity to bring him to Hillsborough.
The 19-year-old should be open to a move away from Manchester too, as he’s only made seven appearances in all competitions and isn’t getting a lot from playing reserve-team games – Garner has made 29 appearances for the U18s, 13 for the U19s and 24 for the U23s.
Wednesday need to strengthen in the engine room and Garner needs first-team football, so could a move be on the cards this summer?