Everton in talks for Manchester United man who scoffed at Europa League action

Everton are in talks with Manchester United over a move for midfielder James Garner, according to a report.

Frank Lampard is in desperate need of reinforcements with Dele Alli expected to leave for Besiktas on loan. But the Toffees have plenty of rivals for the player, who excelled on loan at Nottingham Forest last term.

Garner played 41 times in the Championship and helped Forest win promotion in the play-offs. He was integral to Steve Cooper’s side, playing a defensive midfield role and Forest have registered an interest in the player.

Tottenham, Leicester and Southampton are also keen on the 21-year-old, who has been told he can leave Old Trafford.

Leicester’s interest would depend on whether they can offload any players before the September 1 deadline.

Everton look to be in pole position after accelerating their interest in a player, according to The Athletic.

A price tag of around £14m has been mentioned for Garner, who was afforded some time in pre-season to impress Erik ten Hag. But the arrival of Casemiro has knocked Garner further down the pecking order.

He was on the bench in the defeats against Brighton and Brentford. But he was omitted from the squad against Liverpool. And Ten Hag has made the decision to make Garner available for transfer.

Garner recently made it clear that he was not prepared to take on a bit-part role at United. His time at Forest served him well and Garner having had a serious run of first-team football is eager to push on.

“I played pretty much every single game, played well and ended up winning promotion. For me, it’s probably the perfect loan,” said Garner last month.

Garner snubs Europa League

“However, for me now because I’ve played two seasons back-to-back, where I’ve been playing games non-stop, I don’t really want to stop that.

“I want to play week in, week out. That is of course what I want to do.”

Garner, who has been on Man Utd’s books since 2009, also turned his nose up at the prospect of playing in the Europa League.

He added: “Europa League for me isn’t playing regularly. It’s only a small amount of game time from the group stages to the final, hopefully if we make it.

“I’ve had two full seasons now where I’ve played pretty much back-to-back every week, two or three times a week.

“So, for me not to do that now I think would be a step back in my career and that’s something I don’t really want to do at the moment.”

Garner would be a useful acquisition for Everton. He claimed 10 assists for Forest as they won promotion last season and also scored four goals. He would help give Everton the security Lampard is looking for in front of his backline.

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