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Everton are close to finalizing a £15m deal to sign James Garner from Manchester United

Everton are close to finalizing a £15m deal to bring in James Garner from Manchester United after turning down interest from Leicester City, Nottingham Forest and Southampton

  • James Garner played for Nottingham Forest in the promotion season last season
  • But Everton appear to have won the race for the 21-year-old midfielder
  • However, Toffees still have to agree personal terms with Garner before the deadline

Everton are reportedly close to completing a £15million move to sign James Garner from Manchester United.

The midfielder played for a Nottingham Forest side that were promoted to the Premier League last season and attracted interest from many clubs in the top flight.

Forest was keen to get the 21-year-old back on the City pitch, while East Midlands rivals Leicester City and Southampton were also monitoring his availability.

James Garner is close to completing a £15m move from Manchester United to Everton

James Garner is close to completing a £15m move from Manchester United to Everton

But Sportsmail understands Everton have stolen a march to sign Garner from Old Trafford and talks over a transfer are progressing well.

As well as Forest, Garner has also spent time away from Old Trafford at Watford over the past two years.

Despite the arrival of a new manager at Erik ten Hag this summer, his first-team chances at the club seem limited and he is yet to play under the Dutchman.

Frank Lampard seems to have prevailed over the competition to sign the midfielder for his Toffees side

Frank Lampard seems to have prevailed over the competition to sign the midfielder for his Toffees side

Garner was a star for Nottingham Forest when they were promoted to the top flight last season

Garner was a star for Nottingham Forest when they were promoted to the top flight last season

Garner has seven Red Devils games under his belt but has not 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 quarter-final win at the League Cup took place at home against Colchester United.

Should Garner complete his move before the deadline, he could be thrown straight in at the deep end when Everton take on Merseyside rivals Liverpool at Goodison Park this weekend.

Frank Lampard’s side had a mixed start to the season. The 1-1 draw at Leeds United on Wednesday night ensures they remain winless but remain unbeaten in three games when they host Jurgen Klopp’s side on Saturday.

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