Manchester United and Watford are nearing an agreement on a loan move for 20-year-old right-back Ethan Laird.
According to transfer specialist and CaughtOffside columnist Fabrizio Romano, the loan agreement should be finalized this week, with Erik ten Hag apparently pleased with the youngster’s talent and attitude but believing he requires more game time.
The 20-year-old academy product has yet to make his Premier League debut for Manchester United, and it appears that he may have to wait even longer.
The right-loan back’s transfer to Vicarage Road would be his fourth away from Old Trafford and his third Championship club.
Last season, he spent time on loan with Swansea City before being recalled and joined Bournemouth in January for the remainder of the season.
However, despite only making four starts, the teenager failed to make a significant enough impact to establish himself as a Cherry.
Diogo Dalot is anticipated to start as the first-choice right-back next season, but he will need to prove himself if he wants to keep the position.
Another loan contract will be ideal for the kid, who will be able to develop further with more playing time before making his Premier League debut.
Manchester United and Watford are prepared to complete the agreement for Ethan Laird on loan. Deal to be finalised this week. 🔴 #MUFC
Ten Hag, happy with his potential and attitude but Laird needs to play – Watford are intentioned to proceed with loan deal. pic.twitter.com/XtGTAOeliC
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 1, 2022