Mirror journalist has claimed on Twitter that Nottingham Forest will accept bids of £300,000 this summer for defender Jordan Gabriel.
Both Blackpool and Sunderland are keen to sign the right-back. He spent last season on loan with the Tangerines, winning promotion to the Championship.
It had been thought that Chris Hughton would keep the 22-year-old at the City Ground. Forest are short at right-back and losing Gabriel weakens that stance further.
The academy graduate has two years to run on his current deal. With that in mind, the fee being mentioned does seem relatively low considering.
Gabriel played the first two games of the season for Forest last season. Following the arrival of Cyrus Christie on loan, however, he was allowed to join Blackpool.
He managed 35 appearances in Neil Critchley’s team in a truly memorable season for the Tangerines.
Blackpool would probably be the frontrunners for his signature, although Sunderland would have some attraction given the size of the club.
It does seem highly unlikely that Forest will let him go without having someone in first. Carl Jenkinson has been told he can leave, whilst Jayden Richardson is still extremely raw.
Gabriel exit: Forest must tread carefully
Perhaps Hughton doesn’t fancy Gabriel to be part of his plans in the near future. As a result, maybe he’s decided to cash in on the player before he loses any valuation.
It would seem a strange one and would see Forest require a right-back prior to the season commencing a fortnight on Sunday.
As an academy graduate, Gabriel’s departure would upset a lot of Forest supporters, with many fancying him to make an impact next season.
With a new regime behind the scenes when it comes to recruitment, supporters must place their faith in the decisions they make.
The fan base will hope letting Gabriel go on the cheap doesn’t come back to bite the club in the future.