Nottingham Forest have sold Jordan Gabriel to Blackpool for £750,000, the club has confirmed this morning. The 22-year-old spent last season on loan with the Tangerines, helping them reach the Championship via the League One play-offs.

Gabriel’s last outing in a Forest shirt came in Saturday’s draw at Derby. He played the full 90 minutes in three of the team’s five league fixtures this season. The academy graduate was sent off against Blackburn and subsequently missed the trip to Stoke.

The right-back is likely to be replaced at Forest by Mohamed Drager. He will check in from Olympiacos and provide competition for Jordi Osei-Tutu who is currently nursing an injury.

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Gabriel starred under Neil Critchley last season. He made 35 appearances for the club, scoring once and registering one assist. The Forest academy graduate has signed a four-year deal with Blackpool, with the option of an additional 12 months.


This departure does leave Forest somewhat short. Drager’s arrival will help that, however. It’s expected that he’ll be announced later today in a deal that could see him sign a permanent City Ground contract.

Mixed reactions as Gabriel leaves Forest

Some Forest fans incensed

Plenty aren’t happy at this deal. Forest fans are very precious over the club’s academy and rightly so. Ultimately they have taken to Twitter to vent their frustration at the club.

Here is a selection of Tweets from fans who would have liked to have seen more from Gabriel prior to his £750,000 deadline day departure:

Some Forest fans happy with Gabriel exit

Some fans have been capable of looking at the bigger picture with regards to this deal. Gabriel has looked somewhat out of his depth during the games he’s played and perhaps Chris Hughton hasn’t been convinced.

Selling the youngster now looks like a good move. Fin Back has showcased that he has a bright future, whilst Jayden Richardson is also in place at Forest.

Here is a selection of tweets from the Forest fan base who believe this deal makes perfect sense.

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