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Everton monitoring Garner situation

| Wednesday, 01 June 2022 12comments  |  Jump to last

Everton are reportedly interested in signing Manchester United midfielder James Garner who spent last season on loan at Nottingham Forest.

Like another rumoured Blues target, Brennan Johnson, 21-year-old Garner was a key figure in the Midlands side's push for promotion to the Premier League which they eventually secured via the play-offs this past weekend.

Garner is also wanted by Leeds United, however, and if reports are to be believed, the Yorkshire club are closer to landing him, having already lodged a firm enquiry as to his availability.

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Tony Everan
1 Posted 01/06/2022 at 18:22:27
Brennan Johnson is a good player but Garner is the one we should be focusing on. Our centre midfield positions need to be sorted out this window. He brings energy, aggression, can shoot and score.

Also decent at dead-ball delivery. Still rough around the edges and not the finished article, but Frank could polish this diamond. We are right to be interested and monitoring him.

Man Utd may play ball if it suits them as much as us. If Frank can land him and Gallagher, it transforms us.

Gavin Johnson
2 Posted 01/06/2022 at 18:24:52
The kind of deal we should be pursuing, whether that be a loan or permanently.

We should also lodge a bid to buy Djed Spence who's now gone back to Boro from Forest. Bringing him in at right-back means we'd have strong options next season, with Spence and Patterson.

Seamus could also have a free transfer to Celtic then.

Mal van Schaick
3 Posted 01/06/2022 at 19:41:38
Buy him.
Mike Gaynes
4 Posted 01/06/2022 at 19:51:59
Gavin, I was promoting Spence here last year, but now he is headed to Spurs or maybe Dortmund. Besides, much as I like him, we have higher priorities in the middle of defense and midfield.
Tony Everan
5 Posted 01/06/2022 at 20:45:44

I heard Bayern have had him scouted a few times too, DJed Spence definitely has a big future. I watched the playoff first-leg semi Nottm Forest playing Sheffield Utd away. Spence and Brennan were fantastic on the counter, Sheffield couldn't live with them.

That combo would cause big problems to many teams in the Premier League with their pace, control and athleticism, home and away. I am selfishly glad the pairing looks like it will be broken up.

Sam Hoare
6 Posted 01/06/2022 at 23:14:37
I can't imagine Man Utd selling Garner on the cheap. And if they were going to loan him, I suspect it would be to Nottm Forest, where they know he is settled and will get games.

I suspect that's the most likely outcome. They loan him back to Forest and either sell him for more once he's been in the Premier League shop window, or keep him themselves if he really shines. Similar to what Chelsea did with Gallagher.

Paul Birmingham
7 Posted 02/06/2022 at 00:44:28
For me Garner is a player still learning, but who knows? I'd like to see some of the Everton U23s progress.

Isaac Price is a smart player, and reads the game better than many of his first-team colleagues.

Let's see this pre-season,what happens.

Alan J Thompson
8 Posted 02/06/2022 at 06:17:57
Another from Man Utd, well, that solves where Richarlison might be going, eh Bill.
Robert Tressell
9 Posted 02/06/2022 at 07:21:03
Has developed and matured on various loans and now looks Premier League ready. Good player and it would be a good signing for the long term.

I do wonder if this is the sort of player Ten Hag would want to work with, however.

Steve Shave
10 Posted 02/06/2022 at 08:46:56
I can't see this happening, unfortunately; along with Johnson, he lit it up last season for Forest. Exactly the type of signing we should be after — him on a permanent deal and Gallagher on loan (or the other way round) and our midfield is transformed.

As has been mentioned on here, there are loads of talented young hungry players out there. Let's hope our DoF knows his stuff and has some ducks lined up.

I guess much depends on whether a decision has been made on Richarlison or Calvert-Lewin (or both). Rumours intensifying around both, maybe we can bag a Gallagher, Gilmour, Garner et all in part exchange for one of them?

Hugh Jenkins
11 Posted 02/06/2022 at 09:51:20
Johnson and Garner are both 21 years old and have "matured" into "EPL ready" players.

So what happens at Finch Farm where none of our youth players. even up to the age of 23, are deemed to be good enough or be "EPL ready"?

Fran Mitchell
12 Posted 02/06/2022 at 21:15:07
Yep. Definitely the type of player we need.

Sander Verge is another Championship midfielder we should be targeting.

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