Manchester United starlets Teden Mengi and James Garner wanted by Derby County this summer
Derby County have been hit with a transfer embargo, as a result of which, they can only bring in free agents on deals no longer than one year long. As for loan deals, the Rams can only secure players on six-month temporary deals, all the while operating on restricted wages.
While they are still trying to resolve that issue with the EFL, Derby County manager Wayne Rooney has confirmed the club’s interest in signing Teden Mengi and James Garner from Manchester United, while they are also interested in signing Liam Delap from Manchester City.
“Whatever Manchester City are doing with Liam, we are on top of that also, and with James Garner and Teden Mengi, different players from different clubs we are on top of it. Ultimately it is on those clubs to see us as a suitable club for their players to go to and develop, so we have to wait and see on those players.”
Teden Mengi, 19, spent the second half of last season on loan to Derby County and developed his game under the guidance of Manchester United legend Rooney. The youngster impressed with the Rams and returned to pre-season training at United this summer as he started in 3 out of the 4 pre-season games alongside Axel Tuanzebe.
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20-year-old James Garner, on the other hand, spent the second half of last season on loan to Nottingham Forest, and the central midfielder impressed as he scored 4 goals in 19 starts under Chris Hughton. Garner, like Mengi, returned to pre-season training at United and has featured in all 4 pre-season games, with most of them coming off the bench.
Given Manchester United’s additions at the back and squad depth in the midfield line, both starlets would benefit by leaving the club on loan moves this summer. Should they join Derby County, they shall certainly receive the proper guidance from a manager like Rooney, who knows a thing or two about what it takes to make it big at Old Trafford.