According to Alan Nixon of The Sun, Blackpool has officially made an offer for Nottingham Forest defender Jordan Gabriel.
The Reds academy graduate spent last season on loan at Bloomfield Road. He helped the club win promotion to the Championship after triumphing in the play-offs.
He made 35 appearances for the Tangerines, scoring one goal and claiming one assist. Neil Critchley often trusted him as his team’s right-back and he grew as the campaign wore on.
Gabriel had been expected to get a proper chance at the City Ground. Indeed, Nixon does say that Forest might choose to ensure they have a right-back through the door first.
Forest had Cyrus Christie on loan from Fulham last season. He was virtually ever-present but has now returned to the Cottagers.
Boss Chris Hughton has called on Gabriel in all three of Forest’s friendlies, with Jayden Richardson also in the ranks along with under-23 talent Fin Back.
Gabriel is certainly ahead of the young duo in the pecking order and letting him leave would be somewhat bizarre from a Forest point of view.
Blackpool will play Championship football once again next season and Critchley now wants Gabriel back to strengthen his own defensive ranks.
Forest can’t let Gabriel slip through the net
It seems unlikely that Hughton will have made his mind up on Gabriel after just three pre-season friendlies. As a result, he should reserve judgement just yet.
The 22-year-old isn’t a kid anymore and with League One and League Two experience under his belt, he deserves a chance to star at Forest.
No right-backs have really been linked with a move to Trentside and there are other areas of the pitch in greater need of strengthening.
For now, Forest should place their faith in Gabriel and inform Blackpool, thanks, but no thanks.