Rangers are “really keen” on signing Manchester United midfielder James Garner on loan in the summer, the player’s agent has confirmed.
Garner, 20, has been on loan at both Watford and current club Nottingham Forest in the Championship this season, earning 33 league appearances across both spells and scoring two goals.
The England Under-20s midfielder’s agent Steven Beck has told Stretty News that Rangers were interested in signing the youngster on loan in January after he was recalled by Man United from Watford.
And it seems Steven Gerrard is still in hot pursuit of signing the Merseyside-born ace in the summer too.
“I had a couple of chats with [Man United director of football] John Murtough last week, but I’m so relaxed on the situation, as is James because things are going so well for him. […] 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,” Beck told Stretty News.
“I know Brighton like him, I know Norwich like him. […] I know Rangers are really keen on him as well.”
Bongani Zungu’s loan spell at Ibrox has been a bit of a failure.
While Rangers have the option to sign the South African midfielder on a permanent basis from Amiens at the end of the season, it just doesn’t seem as though he’s up to scratch for life at the Premiership champions.
Zungu’s struggled to start this season and when he has started, the Gers’ performances have been poor like they were in the Betfred Cup loss to St Mirren and the Premiership draw with Hamilton.
He was also caught up in breaking COVID protocol with four other Rangers players so the 28-year-old, who turns 29 in October, should probably be cut loose.
Garner would be an interesting replacement because he’s done well in the Championship this season.
Chris Hughton, as quoted on Nottingham Forest’ website last month, was full of praise for the Birkenhead-born ace.
He said: “He was really good again [in a draw versus Brentford] and he has a maturity for his age. It is a hard feat at that age.
“At this moment it is great development for him and you can only play like you are and be in the team if you are good enough and at this moment we are delighted to have him.”
On Friday when Garner scored a match-winning goal against Cardiff in the Championship, Man United star Mason Greenwood paid special tribute to him by saying: “What a player.”
What a player 🔥 https://t.co/sF4AN0MvFl
— Mason Greenwood (@masongreenwood) April 2, 2021
Garner is obviously a good young player who’s getting better and better. Why wouldn’t we want him at Ibrox next season?
And if he does really good, a permanent deal for an up-and-coming English midfielder would be a great idea as it could also help the club out financially in the future.