Jordan Gabriel is close to joining Blackpool after a fee was agreed with Nottingham Forest, according to The Sun journalist Alan Nixon.
The full-back has started four of Forest’s five league games this season. With that in mind, it represents something of a surprise to see Gabriel sold.
Blackpool had the youngster on loan last season. He made 35 appearances for the club as they won promotion to the Championship via the League One play-offs.
At 22, Gabriel is at the age where he will crave regular football. Chris Hughton clearly isn’t convinced and now looks willing to offload the academy graduate.
The Forest talent previously spent time on loan with Scunthorpe. Neil Critchley looks to have won the race to sign the £700,000-rated player ahead of Sunderland.
Fin Back’s emergence this season and Jordi Osei-Tutu arriving from Arsenal on loan has perhaps had an impact on Hughton’s thought process. Jayden Richardson is also highly rated and is younger than Gabriel.
Mohamed Drager looks like coming to replace the right-back in the short term. The future looks bright at right-back moving forward though and Forest are well-stocked with talented youngsters.
The Reds are expected to do some business themselves today. Gabriel could become the first player to depart, however, with the defender now due in Blackpool for a medical.
Tough call but Forest probably right to offload Gabriel
It’s a difficult one but the right-back hasn’t set the City Ground alight at the start of the 2021/22 campaign. Of course, he is only 22 but with Back and Richardson at the club, there is plenty of potential for the right-back berth.
Clearly, Hughton doesn’t fancy Gabriel and he has to do what’s best for his Forest team. This decision perhaps suggests that the injury to Jordi Osei-Tutu isn’t as bad as first feared and he could return soon.
Some will rightly express concerns over this deal but ultimately it looks like a wise decision for Forest on transfer deadline day.