Nottingham Forest have seen three offers rejected for Morgan Gibbs-White so far this summer but a new claim from a reliable source has breathed some hope into the club’s pursuit of the 22-year-old.
What’s the latest?
According to journalist Jacque Talbot, the Reds’ proposed deal for the Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder “will be done” this summer.
He tweeted: “Nottingham Forest fans – feeling Morgan Gibbs-White is going to get done now. As reported a few months ago this one would go over. Player eager to join, can get him through. No info on the auction, etc., for now.
Cooper surely frustrated
Steve Cooper will surely be frustrated that Forest have yet to secure the 22-year-old’s signature, especially as they are now underway in their Premier League campaign, but Talbot’s update gives Forest some hope despite Gibbs-White leaving for Yesterday’s Wolves.
It was reported earlier this week that the Garibaldis had rejected a £35m offer (a £25m transfer fee with £10m in add-ons), but Forest are showing no signs of a deal. dropping his number one transfer target despite signing 12 new players. on the transfer window so far.
The Forest boss is no stranger to the young midfielder after managing Gibbs-White in England’s World Cup-winning Under-17 side and signing him on a six-month loan from Swansea City, showing the manager is clearly a huge admirer of the player and experienced in getting the best out of him.
Gibbs-White has gone from strength to strength in his career so far and recently impressed on a season-long loan spell with Sheffield United in the Championship last season.
The 22-year-old scored 11 goals, delivered nine assists and created 16 chances, making 1.6 key passes, winning 4.9 duels and completing 1.3 dribbles per game in 35 appearances as promotion Sheffield United s ended on penalties in the shoot-off. semi-finals against Nottingham Forest.
Gibbs-White has two years left on his current deal and has so far refused to extend that despite Wolves reportedly keen to secure the midfielder’s future at Molineux, and Bruno Lage has made it clear that the player was part of his plans by starting him this weekend and speaking ahead of the new season.
Will Forest secure a deal for Gibbs-White?
Lage revealed in his pre-match press conference ahead of their Leeds clash: “We’re keeping Morgan – how much would you pay for Morgan? £50 million. Tell me a player who can play like Morgan and how much are you paying for him?
“From day one I have seen a top player. When I want to find a player like him I have to spend £50m. We have a strong team and with patience we will create a strong team.
The City Ground power brokers will have to come up with something special for Wolves to part ways with their rising star, but if Forest can somehow strike a deal before the transfer window closes in a few weeks it would be a blow major for the Garibaldis and a reward for their perseverance.
For now, however, it’s just frustration for Cooper in the Reds’ pursuit of the 22-year-old.