Everton are keeping a close eye on Manchester United midfielder James Garner.
What’s the Word?
That is according to The Athletic, who report that the Toffees are one of a number of clubs who are monitoring the 21-year-old, who has spent this season on loan at Nottingham Forest.
Incoming United boss Erik ten Hag wants to assess the youngster over the summer, while Forest want to take the England U21 international back again and hope their existing relationship with the Red Devils player gives them the edge.
If neither of these plans come to fruition, Leeds United, Leicester City, and Southampton would be interested in taking the £6.3m-rated ace.
Perfect Delph Replacement
The 6 foot 1 midfield general has been instrumental in Steve Cooper’s side gaining promotion to the Premier League. He has made 44 appearances, and his 7.09 WhoScored rating is the fifth-highest at the club.
His eight assists in the Championship can only be bettered by Brennan Johnson at the Reds, and no one in the team has more key passes per game.
The Man United Academy graduate has been praised by Old Trafford teammate Bruno Fernandes, who called him “aggressive”.
“Jimmy Garner, I think is a really good player, I really like him and the way he kicks the ball. He’s really aggressive off the ball too.”
The former Watford loanee has also impressed against Premier League opposition, earning a 7.0 SofaScore rating when he played Liverpool in the FA Cup.
This performance earned him praise from United legend Roy Keane on ITV.
“He’s got a good partnership with Yates going in the middle of midfield. I think they complement each other very well.
“He’s very good technically and he likes to dictate the play, sit a little bit more than Yates. Tough game for him today, but this game is good for those young players to experience playing top teams like Liverpool. It’s a great way to learn.”
Considering that the Birkenhead-born player is only on £20k-per-week, significantly less than Delph, Everton will be saving millions by making this clever move.