Southampton are ‘100% interested’ in £20m star at St. Mary’s

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Southampton ‘100% are interested’ in signing Manchester United midfielder James Garner this summer, according to talkSPORT reporter Alex Crook.

The talented 21-year-old is reportedly surplus to requirements at Old Trafford and has been linked with several Premier League sides as a result with St Mary’s sounded out as a potential destination.

What is the latest news involving Garner?

A recent report from the Manchester Evening News revealed that United have now decided to sell Garner after new manager Erik ten Hag could find no place for him in his first-team plans.

It’s claimed that a fee between £15 million and £20m would be enough to prise the England Under-21 international away from his boyhood club.

Garner isn’t thought to be short of potential suitors either, with the Saints and Tottenham Hotspur, who are competing in the Champions League this season, listed as potential suitors.

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The technically gifted ace has two years remaining on his £17,000-per-week contract, and United may feel the current window is one of their last opportunities to receive a substantial fee for him.

Garner would be Southampton’s seventh signing of the summer, following in the footsteps of Gavin Bazunu, Sekou Mara, Romeo Lavia, Armel Bella-Kotchap, Joe Aribo and Mateusz Lis.

What has Crook said about Garner?

It’s been a difficult start to the new season for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s charges, who have picked up just one point from a possible six, conceding six goals in the process.

Crook has confirmed that the south coast club do have Garner on their radar, though, possibly providing their supporters with hope that better times are ahead.

In an interview with GiveMeSport, he said: “Southampton 100% are interested. Everton as well, I believe, have shown an interest.”

Would Garner be a good signing?

Garner has only made seven senior appearances for United throughout his short career but caught the eye throughout an 18-month loan spell with Nottingham Forest in the Championship.

In 69 outings across all competitions for the Midlands outfit, the 6 foot 1 ace registered eight goals and 10 assists, ultimately playing a pivotal part in their promotion back to the Premier League.

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And with Garner’s ability to play defence-splitting passes, threat from set-pieces and defensive contribution, it’s easy to understand why Southampton are eager to snap him up.

The youngster could be an ideal fit for Hasenhuttl’s system at Southampton, adding to their already impressive array of young talent.

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