Manchester United are expected to make a decision on where to loan Amad Diallo this week, with a trio of Championship clubs in the running.
The Ivorian has attracted the interest of Derby County, Barnsley and Birmingham City.
Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano claimed yesterday that the deal with Lee Bowyer’s Birmingham was expected to collapse.
But the Telegraph has reported that the Midlands club remain one of the options and there are believed to be other options interested in the 19-year-old beyond the Championship too.
Although Feyenoord, who Amad looked set to join on a season-long loan in the summer, are no longer believed to be an option, according to the Telegraph.
The former Atalanta youngster was set for the Eredivisie only for a thigh injury to scupper the move in the final 48 hours of the summer window.
The Ivory Coast international has only featured in the Champions League dead rubber against Young Boys and made a Premier League matchday squad once, for the first team, so far this season.
Despite being omitted from the Elephants’ African Cup of Nations squad, United are hoping to find the right destination for Amad where he will get plenty of senior first team football, during the second half of the campaign.
Wayne Rooney will be hoping his Manchester United connections will help the swing the deal in his favour, as he seeks reinforcements in the Rams’ battle to beat the drop.
With Birmingham still an option, Bowyer will be hoping to bring a third Manchester United player to St Andrew’s this season, following the signings of Tahith Chong and Teden Mengi.
With Ralf Rangnick’s Reds in FA Cup action against Aston Villa tonight, it would be a surprise to see Amad feature, although he was pictured as part of the provisional match day squad, according to the Manchester Evening News.
However, following a winter break, Neil Wood’s under-23s side are back in action tonight against Tottenham.
It’s more likely that Amad may get some much-needed game time there, although United may resist the temptation to play the talented forward to prevent curtailing another loan move through injury.
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