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Manchester United block loan enquiries for James Wilson

by Tracey Germaine

Manchester United are blocking all loan inquiries for 18-year-old starlet James Wilson, according to various reports.

Wilson had a fantastic season last year which saw him play at Under-18/19/21 level on the way to scoring 25 goals in 29 appearances in all competitions, including two goals on his Premier League debut against Hull City.That record is made even more impressive considering that the Biddulph born forward had a series of niggling injuries and illnesses throughout the season. As a result of his stellar campaign, several clubs have come looking for a chance to take him on loan but United aren’t entertaining any of them.

This is following the meeting between Ryan Giggs and new manager Louis van Gaal where reports suggest that Giggs lauded the youngster’s ability. It would be wonderful if these reports meant that Wilson was in contention for a first team role this season but it may just be that van Gaal wants to hold off on deciding on where Wilson will spend next season until he gets a chance to see him for himself.

Championship side Wigan Athletic, who took Nick Powell and Will Keane on loan last season, have expressed their interest in bringing the striker on loan to the DW Stadium.

However, should United choose to give Wilson loan experience then Wigan will face competition from newly promoted Premier League side Burnley. Sean Dyche is a big fan of Wilson, and was regularly spotted at United’s reserves matches last season. Given how much time he’s spent keeping on eye on Wilson’s progress, it’s unlikely he’ll be deterred by United’s bid rejection or the interest of other clubs.

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