Everton close to sealing a £15m deal to land James Garner from Manchester United after seeing off interest from Leicester City, Nottingham Forest and Southampton
- James Garner starred for Nottingham Forest in their promotion season last term
- But Everton look to have won the race to land the 21-year-old midfielder
- Toffees are though yet to agree personal terms with Garner ahead of deadline
Everton are reportedly on the brink of completing a £15million move to land James Garner from Manchester United.
The midfielder starred in a Nottingham Forest side that earned promotion to the Premier League last season and has attracted top flight interest from many clubs.
Forest were keen to bring the 21-year-old back to the City Ground, while East Midlands rivals Leicester City as well as Southampton were also monitoring his availability.
James Garner is close to completing a £15million move to Everton from Manchester United
But Sportsmail understands, Everton have stolen a march to sign Garner from Old Trafford and that talks are progressing well over a transfer.
As well as Forest, Garner has also spent time away from Old Trafford at Watford in the past two years.
Despite the arrival of a new manager in Erik ten Hag this summer, his first-team chances look to remain limited at the club and he is yet to feature under the Dutchman.
Frank Lampard looks to have seen off competition to land the midfielder for his Toffees side
Garner was a star for Nottingham Forest as they earned promotion to the top flight last term
Garner has seven Red Devils games under his belt but hasn’t played in the top flight for United since appearing as a late substitute at Norwich in October 2019 while his last appearance for the club came two months later in a League Cup quarter-final victory at home to Colchester United.
Should Garner complete his move before the deadline he could then be thrown straight into the deep end as Everton face off against Merseyside rivals Liverpool at Goodison Park this weekend.
Frank Lampard’s side have endured a mixed start to the season, drawing 1-1 at Leeds United on Wednesday night ensures they remain winless but unbeaten in three as they host Jurgen Klopp’s side on Saturday.