Nottingham Forest have prioritised the signing of Morgan Gibbs-White from Wolves this summer. It does seem, however, as though they could be facing a losing battle.
On Saturday, Gibbs-White starred for Wolves as they defeated Burnley 3-0. The 22-year-old scored the game’s opening goal during the behind-closed-doors clash at the training ground.
Daniel Podence and Chiquinho added further goals. It was the form of Gibbs-White that will have caught the eye though, with emphasis on his future.
The young forward is wanted by Bruno Lage. He wants him to become part of the team next season and the club desperately want him to sign a new contract.
So far Gibbs-White has rejected the club’s advances. His existing deal runs until 2024 and Lage wants him to commit to a longer deal.
Forest aren’t the only club interested in the player. Everton, Crystal Palace and Southampton have all been quoted with an interest this summer.
Gibbs-White was instrumental for Sheffield United last season. He scored 12 goals and claimed 10 assists as the Blades reached the play-offs before losing to Forest.
Now, he’s being chased by several Premier League clubs. The Reds would dearly love to sign him and Steve Cooper called him ‘fantastic’ when he signed him for Swansea in 2020.
Forest desperate for Gibbs-White signing but they could be frustrated
It could be time for the Reds to move on. Wolves boss Lage wants to look at Gibbs-White and even if this one does happen, it might not be until the end of the window.
Forest are desperate for attackers and they can’t delay. They either need to fork out the £25 million that Wolves want or be willing to spend it on another option.
The caveat is if Wolves strengthen this summer. If Lage can do that, he might not be quite so bothered if Gibbs-White does depart the club.
Wolves’ academy graduate looks perfect for the Reds. He can play as a striker or in the number 10 role and he was class in both last season. Furthermore, he has the same agent as Dean Henderson and a host of other Forest players.
Gibbs-White enjoyed a class maiden outing during pre-season. As a result, the Reds might just be getting a little anxious that their attempts to lure the player risk falling flat.