Reported Derby County and Blackburn Rovers target George Tanner is in danger of leaving Salford City without ever featuring for the club.
The young Manchester United fullback joined Salford on loan in January.
He was originally on loan at fellow League Two side Morecombe, making over 20 league appearances for the club before United exercised his recall clause.
According to the Manchester Evening News, Derby and Blackburn were keen.
Tanner’s contract at Old Trafford expires this summer. Derby and Rovers perhaps thought they could sign him to their U23s in a cut-price deal.
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The Championship duo, however, missed out on his signature.
Salford won the race. But, amid the Covid-19 virus, he could end up leaving the League Two side without making a single appearance for the club.
Tanner, presumably carrying an injury, failed to feature for Salford after his January switch.
The Coronavirus outbreak has prompted officials to suspend the current campaign. The return date across mainland Europe is set for early April.
But with the way the virus is spreading, that appears highly optimistic.
If the season extends into the summer or worst-case scenario is cancelled altogether, then Tanner could leave Salford without making his debut.
Moreover, the young fullback could then be without a club altogether.
Derby have one of the best academies in England right now. It appeared the Rams saw the 20-year-old as one with a lot of potential for the future.