Man Utd youngster James Garner set for season-long loan transfer at Bournemouth with Swansea also interested

BOURNEMOUTH have set their sights on Manchester United kid James Garner for their bid to return to the Premier League.

The South Coast side quickly turned their thoughts to the midfielder after losing their top-flight status.

United may send Garner, 19, out on loan to a Championship club to get some game time next season — and the Cherries still have a good footballing reputation.

Swansea and a handful of other clubs are also eyeing Garner but Bournemouth have a strong chance in the race.

The talented youngster has made seven first-team appearances for the Red Devils, including three starts in this season's Europa League.

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Should he join the Cherries, however, he will arrive at a club still licking its wounds from relegation back down to the second tier – and losing their manager.

Eddie Howe left the club on Saturday after an eight-year second stint with the club – ending his two-and-a-half decades-long association with the South Coast side.

Upon his departure Howe, 42, said: "Having spent a total of 25 years with the club as both a player and a manager this decision – made together with the club – is one of the hardest I’ve ever had to make.

“However, although the affection and love I have for this football club will always remain, we collectively feel that now is the right time for the club to go in a new direction.

"Bournemouth will always be in my heart, but I firmly believe that now is the right time for the club to have a change.

“I have always ensured that every decision I have ever made as manager has been in the best interests of the club and its supporters, and this is no different.”

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