Leeds among duo keen on January move for Man Utd striker

Oli Fisher
James Wilson: Manchester United striker loaned to Brighton

Championship rivals Leeds United and Reading are set to battle for Manchester United striker James Wilson, according to a report.

The 21-year-old is nearing a return to full fitness following a knee ligament injury he suffered while on loan at Derby last season.

The Sun states that a number of clubs from both the Premier League and the Championship were interested in taking Wilson, but United rejected approaches as they felt it best he continue his recovery with them.

The former England U21 international has a contract at Old Trafford until 2019, with the Red Devils having an option on an extra year.

Now, it has emerged that both Leeds and Reading would be interested in a possible loan deal this January.

Speaking to MUTV, Wilson admitted he would be open to a loan switch: “I don’t see why not. Obviously, the summer transfer window has gone and there was a lot of interest.

“But the staff all came to an agreement that I would stay until January to build on what I’ve already worked for.

“So I think it’s certainly a possibility. We’ll just have to talk and have a few conversations with the manager and certain people around here.

“I’m not ruling it out but we’ll come to an agreement over what needs to be done.”