There’s calling a player a “man in demand” and then there’s this.
James Wilson, 19, is said to have 20 teams seeking to sign him on loan.
The Daily Mail claim that the majority of the interested teams come from the Championship, English soccer’s second-tier, as the loan window for professional leagues outside of the Premier League opens today and remains open until Nov. 25.
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Wilson jumped off the bench to score the winner against the U.S. U-23 side on his England U-21 debut last Thursday, and the predatory forward has scored four goals in 18 appearances for the Red Devils after coming through their youth academy.
However with United signing another 19-year-old, Anthony Martial, for $55 million on Deadline Day, opportunities for Wilson to get minutes this season may be limited, despite only having Wayne Rooney and Martial as the two recognized strikers. Louis Van Gaal already offloaded Adnan Januzaj and Javier Hernandez before the end of the transfer window, so it is a little strange that Wilson could be allowed to leave despite United having the rigors of the UEFA Champions League, PL, plus the two domestic cup competitions. Nick Powell is returning to fitness, but Wilson seems like a better long-term prospect at Old Trafford.
The report also claims that United will include an “instant return clause” in any loan deal so Wilson can return to his parent club at the drop of a hat.
Derby County is said to be keen on loaning in Wilson to boost their hopes of promotion to the Premier League, but a whole host of teams will battle it out for the talented young English striker.