Derby boss Paul Clement confirms interest in Manchester United’s James Wilson

by Robbie Dunne

Derby County manager Paul Clement has publicly declared his interest in signing Manchester United striker James Wilson on loan.

The Man United youngster made his England U21 debut recently and scored the winner against USA in a 1-0 victory but is yet to be named in the squad for any of United’s opening six games of the competitive season.

While United are faced with problems up front, it remains to be seen how many chances Wilson is handed this year.

Louis van Gaal has shown he has no problem letting players leave on loan in order to develop their talent by allowing Adnan Januzaj to leave for Borussia Dortmund on transfer deadline day. Clement confirmed his interest in Wilson but insisted nothing is set in stone.

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“It [a loan move] is a possibility but not a certainty,” Clement said.

“We have shown an interest. He is a very talented player and a number of other clubs have shown an interest as well. We are waiting to hear back from Manchester United.”

It depends on what position Louis van Gaal wishes to play Anthony Martial and how he lines up his team but Wilson could be reduced to cameo appearances and lots of time on the bench this season if Martial is seen as an option up top.

Wayne Rooney appears to be the first-choice No.9 at the moment but that could change if the goals don’t come soon. It would be wise of van Gaal to keep an eye on his attacking options over the next few games before loaning Wilson to a Championship side, although his development and confidence would be buoyed by a good spell in the lower leagues.

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