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Ferguson Jr weighs up permanent move for James

Posted by nickogs20 on March 22, 2010

Reds midfielder Matt James has made such an impression in his six weeks on loan at Preston North End so far that manager Darren Ferguson is already floating the idea of securing the 18 year-old’s services on a more permanent basis.

James joined the Championship club in February and has since made ten appearances, forming a promising partnership in the middle of the park with fellow new recruit Paul Coutts and scoring in home wins over Sheffield United and Nottingham Forest. The Bacup-born teenager’s performances have earned great reviews from Preston fans, and judging by comments in an interview with the Lancashire Evening Post this week, their manager seems suitably impressed too:

“Bringing Matty back is a conversation I’ll have to have with my old man. I would be keen on bringing him here full-stop but I’ll have to see how he fits into their plans. He’s only a kid but I’ve been really impressed with him.”

While it’s encouraging to see the positive impression James has already made at Deepdale, the chances of the switch being made permanent any time soon are surely slim, with the England U19 captain widely considered to have a bright future ahead of him and time on his side. A summer transfer can’t be entirely ruled out, but it seems much more likely that Ferguson Jr will have to make do with re-signing James on loan for the whole of next season, a move that seems to make too much sense for all parties to not happen.

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One Response to “Ferguson Jr weighs up permanent move for James”

  1. harts83 said

    In my view, even though i don’t want to lose him, i can understand if united chose to sell him. (With serious amount of add ons though and a buy back option)

    I think he’s making big strides too quickly. Alot of football is about timing aswel as ability. Think of the ages our first team midfielders. Only Scholes is close to retirement. Then we have Gibson who seems to be a favoutire of fergie’s. That’s 6 midfielders, not to mention possible signings, and mentioning the lad Cleverley(i have now haha).

    Like what you said Nick, another season loan at Preston seems to be the likely option. The lad needs to keep on playing. We don’t want him stagnating in our reserves if he comes back.

    If the worse happens tho and we do sell him, hopefully he’ll develop the same way as Shawcross.

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