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Derby want Man United's James Wilson on loan, Paul Clement confirms

James Wilson was linked with over a dozen clubs this summer.

Derby County are in talks to take Manchester United striker James Wilson on loan, but have denied a deal has been done.

The Championship club have spent more than £20 million this summer and face competition for the signature of 19-year-old Wilson, who scored on his England under-21 debut against United States' U23 side last week.

United manager Louis van Gaal is expected to allow the forward to leave to get first-team football elsewhere and, after the close of the transfer window, he would be unable to join a Premier League club until January.

Derby are thought to be the frontrunners to sign Wilson, and manager Paul Clement told the Daily Telegraph: "It is a possibility but not a certainty.

"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."

Van Gaal named Wilson among his five options for the central attacking role this season less than three weeks ago, but he could be the third to depart after Javier Hernandez was sold to Bayer Leverkusen and Adnan Januzaj joined Borussia Dortmund on loan.

United also signed Monaco's 19-year-old Anthony Martial for an initial £36m fee which could rise to £58.8m, but Wilson's exit would leave only the young France international and Marouane Fellaini as alternatives to captain Wayne Rooney in attack.

Wilson scored twice on his United debut against Hull in May 2014 but has only added one more goal in 17 subsequent games, and is yet to make a first-team appearance this season.

Derby are yet to win this season despite bringing in Darren Bent, Thomas Ince and Andreas Weimann, and they spent £10m on midfielders Jacob Butterfield and Bradley Johnson on the final day of the transfer window.


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