Brandon Williams is attracting loan interest from Southampton and Newcastle ahead of the January transfer window.
Williams is yet to make a Premier League start this season, struggling to build on his rapid rise to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first-team in the last campaign.
The Crumpsall-born youngster has made just two Carabao Cup starts this term and the deadline day arrival of Brazilian international Alex Telles has pushed him to third in the pecking order at left-back.
The Telegraph report that Southampton manager Ralph Hassenhuttl remains interested in a temporary move for Williams in January.
According to the Telegraph’s report, Solskjaer blocked a summer move for Williams, but would be now be more open to a move as the defender seeks more regular game time.
Hassenhuttl believes Williams could provide competition for full-backs Kyle Walker-Peters and Ryan Bertrand at St Mary’s.
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Meanwhile, reputable United insider Jonathan Shrager notes on Twitter that Newcastle have joined the high-flying Saints in the race to sign Williams on loan.
Shrager reports that Steve Bruce has expressed an interest in signing the academy graduate until the end of the season.
A move for Williams could prove beneficial to aid his development as opportunities to shine since the arrival of Telles have been scarce.
Williams played for United Under-23’s in Sunday’s 2-2 draw against Manchester City’s Elite development side at Leigh Sports Village.
The 20-year-old wasn’t involved in the dire derby at Old Trafford on Saturday and Under-23 boss Neil Wood has revealed Williams requested to play for the youth side.
“Brandon has been training for the first team, but he wanted to play and it was good for his match sharpness to play, a good game for him to play in,” Wood told the Manchester Evening News.
“It would benefit anyone, 90 minutes up and down. He’ll go back with the first team and hopefully he’s involved in the next game with them.”