Coventry City are in the hunt for highly-rated Manchester United teenager James Garner but will face stern competition from a host of Championship rivals.

The Red Devils midfielder is back from United’s Europa League stint out in Germany, and is expected to make a move on loan before the transfer window shuts.

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins, however, will likely face stern competition from the likes of Huddersfield, Bournemouth, Swansea and Sheffield Wednesday, who are all said to be keeping tabs on the situation, the Sun claim.

Aged just 19, Garner started three games last term under boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, coming off the bench in three others.

He was also named on the bench seven times, though his last Premier League outing came in December – and it was thought he may move on loan in January, but opted to stay at Old Trafford.

Speaking previously, United’s head of first-team development Nicky Butt spoke about the need for Garner to go and play regular football.

“I think I’d probably be the same if I was 18 or 19 and not getting in the first-team,” he told the MEN.

“I’d want to go and play men’s football as well.

“Because you do come to a point in the reserves where you bypass that and it does become too easy for you, and it becomes a bit lethargic and you also want to push the younger ones up.

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“But then also the flip-side of it is you don’t want to dive into the wrong loan spell or wrong club and end up thinking, ‘I’ve made a complete error here, I’m going to lose six months, I’m going to lose a year of my football, I’m at the wrong club’.

“So you’ve got to be very careful.”

City have already added eight new signings to their squad ahead of the new campaign, and Robins expects further additions in the coming weeks.





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