Nottingham Forest target Gavin Whyte has told the Belfast Telegraph that he made the right choice going to Oxford United instead of Leeds United.

The Northern Ireland international was being heavily courted by Leeds last summer but the Elland Road-based outfit never followed through with an official bid and their interest eventually wavered.

Whyte wasn’t to be denied a move to English football, however, and Oxford United snapped him up on a three-year deal instead.

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The 23-year-old has enjoyed a sound first season on these shores; netting nine goals and registering seven assists.

Forest boss Martin O’Neill is preparing a £2 million bid, according to the Belfast Telegraph.

The trickster is currently away with the Northern Ireland squad preparing for games with Estonia and Belarus. He believes that not earning a Leeds move proved ideal in the end.

He told the Belfast Telegraph: “Last summer there was a lot of talk about interest from certain clubs. Leeds were one of the main ones mentioned. At that stage, I wanted to go there as everyone knows they are a massive club.

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“Obviously it’s easy to say now, but I know I made the right decision, in the end, going to Oxford because I played a lot of games and I’m really enjoying it.

“If I’d signed for Leeds I probably would have played a lot of Under-21 games and I may not have enjoyed it as much or progressed the way I have with Oxford.”

Seat Pitch Summary

Whyte’s comments indicate that he is loving life playing first-team football and he will probably want to do that if he leaves the U’s.

Forest can offer him the chance of progression, whilst the Reds could also offer him a chance to shine.

Matty Cash is the only genuine option on the right-wing right now and consistency remains a concern for the academy graduate.


His disappointment at not earning a Leeds move could fuel a desire to prove them wrong at one of their rivals next season.

The comments highlight a grounded young player who is keen to keep playing and continue improving.

Forest would welcome a player with that mentality into their group next season.

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