West Brom battling to seal loan signing of Manchester United forward James Wilson

The Baggies are battling Hull for the temporary signature of United forward Wilson.

West Brom battling to seal loan signing of Manchester United forward James Wilson
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West Bromwich Albion are one of multiple teams looking to acquire Manchester United forward James Wilson on a season-long loan.

The 20-year-old, who spent last term on loan with Brighton & Hove Albion, was left out of United's preseason tour of China, and is looking for a move.

West Brom are battling Premier League newboys Hull City, with the two clubs the current favourites to sign Wilson.

But other clubs, including Burnley, Newcastle, Middlesbrough, Aston Villa and Birmingham City are also interested in the young striker as well.

Wilson spent most of last season at Brighton, only managing five goals in 25 appearances, while scoring six goals for United in 20 appearances with the team.

There are conflicting reports about Wilson's future, some stating he is closing in on a move to Fulham with others instead suggesting Hull and West Brom are the teams in the lead for his signature.

Wilson omitted from China tour

Wilson doesn't appear to have a place in the first-team plans at United this season. (Picture: Sport Bible)
Wilson doesn't appear to have a place in the first-team plans at United this season. (Picture: Sport Bible)

Wilson was omited from his parent club's China trip, despite starting the friendly against Wigan Athletic over the weekend. 

He is one of three players that won't be playing for United in the Far East, the others being defender Tyler Blackett and right-back Guillermo Varela - whose futures are also uncertain.

Under Louis Van Gaal last season, he only played two matches, including a late appearance off the bench against Arsenal, and the Capital One Cup fourth-round match against Middlesbrough, both of which ended in losses for United.

For the second half of the last season, he played on loan at Brighton - who narrowly missed out on promotion to the top-flight after a 3-1 aggregate loss to Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship Play-Off semi-finals.

Wilson's claim to fame came in the 2013-2014 season, when he was signed by then United interim manager Ryan Giggs. He managed to score two goals that season for United, appearing 17 times the next season for United.

However, most of his appearances came off the bench and it appears he needs another loan given the competition for places under current United boss Jose Mourinho.