James Wilson
James Wilson scored a brace on his United debut in 2014 Getty Images


  • The 20-year-old has been told he is free to leave Old Trafford on loan.
  • Wilson made his first-team debut in 2014.

Championship clubs Derby County and Fulham are reportedly interested in taking Manchester United striker James Wilson on loan. The 20-year-old is free to leave Old Trafford on loan this season after spending most of last season with Brighton.

Wilson scored a brace on his United debut under interim boss Ryan Giggs in 2014, but his career has since stalled. He featured twice for the Red Devils last season before he scored five goals in 27 appearances for Brighton in the Championship.

Wilson's path to the first team at United has been blocked by the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the emergence of fellow youngster Marcus Rashford, who has climbed above him in the pecking order. However, the United striker has still attracted interest from a number of clubs in England, with Derby hoping to lure him to Pride Park with the promise of regular first-team football, according to the BBC.

In their three league games so far this season, Nigel Pearson's Rams have only scored one goal and are keen to add some much-needed firepower to their ranks. Derby's troubles have been compounded by Wolves' efforts to sign their top scorer from last season Chris Martin.

Meanwhile, speculation surrounding Wilson's future comes shortly after United's under-23 coach Warrren Joyce admitted more young players are likely to leave the club on loan before the transfer window closes, following Adnan Januzaj's season-long switch to Sunderland.

"I would imagine, over the coming weeks, a few more will leave on loan," the United coach explained to ManUtd.com. "They are ready for those steps and have got to be playing against men to show what they can do and push on from now."

In addition to Januzaj and Wilson, the likes of Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Andreas Pereira are also expected to leave United before the transfer window shuts.