Southampton pursuing Manchester United wonderkid James Garner, who’s compared to David Beckham, as Red Devils give green light for academy product to

Southampton are one of the clubs pursuing an interest in Manchester United midfielder James Garner, talkSPORT understands. The Red Devils have told academy product Garner they are willing to sell him, despite them not signing a central midfielder this summer. Garner started in United’s pre-season friendly against Rayo Vallecano.Getty talkSPORT’s transfer guru Alex Crook says the Red Devils are open to offers of between £15million and £20million for the youngster. This is despite Manchester United not signing a central midfielder this summer, with current options Scott McTominay and Fred being widely criticised so far this season. The 21-year-old has made seven appearances for the first team and impressed on loan at Nottingham Forest last season, making 40 appearances in a campaign that saw them get promoted back to the Premier League. In addition to this, he’s even been compared to football icon and former Man United midfielder, David Beckham. During the Tricky Trees’ 4-1 win over Leicester City in the FA Cup last term, talkSPORT’s Trevor Sinclair said: “James Garner’s deliveries remind me of David Beckham’s. “He’s got that dip and that whip and it causes so many problems. The pace on the ball, he’s putting it on a sixpence every time. Most read in Football news Man United's Ronaldo stance unchanged, Vardy linked, Chelsea make Gordon bid explained Graeme Souness addresses 'man's game' comments made after Chelsea vs Spurs match call up ‘Bring it on, son’ - Graeme Souness challenges Tyrone Mings to phone talkSPORT PENALTYGATE Messi's reaction when Mbappe bumps into him as he asks Neymar for penalty wow 'The worst possible teammate' - Man United star 'gets away with murder', talkSPORT told upset Fans start petition calling for Anthony Taylor to never referee Chelsea match again Garner was a star at Forest last seasonGetty “The advantage is with the attackers because they know where he’s aiming depending on what signal he puts up. It’s an absolutely phenomenal cross that he’s got in the locker.” The Saints are looking to add Garner to the midfield ranks, joining the likes of Joe Aribo, Sekou Mara and Romeo Lavia at St Mary’s. Offer Of The Day ALL CUSTOMERS: Bet £5 via the talkSPORT EDGE app with Paddy Power and get a £5 free bet – available to all customers* – CLAIM HERE NEW CUSTOMERS: Bet £10 with Bet365, Get £50 in Free Bets* – CLAIM HERE Paddy Power All Customers: Place a £5 Sportsbook Bet through the talkSPORT EDGE app between the 1st and 31st August. Get a £5 free bet on the next Monday after your qualifying bet. T&C’s apply. 18+ Bet365: Open account offer. Bet £10 & Get £50 in Free Bets for new customers at bet365. Min deposit requirement. Free Bets are paid as Bet Credits and are available for use upon settlement of qualifying bets. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. Time limits and T&Cs apply 18+ SEE ALL FREE BET OFFERS FOR NEW AND EXISTING CUSTOMERS HERE