A report by The Times has explained why Morgan Gibbs-White chose to sign for Nottingham Forest ahead of Everton.

The versatile forward finally ended a summer of speculation on Friday when he penned a long-term contract at the City Ground.

Gibbs-White stepped off the bench on Saturday as the Reds drew 1-1 with the Toffees. Now, it would seem that Frank Lampard wanted him at Goodison Park.

The former Wolves player was always Steve Cooper’s number one target. He has worked with the 22-year-old at Swansea and with the England under-17 ranks.

Gibbs-White chose Forest
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Gibbs-White hasn’t come cheap. He signed for a fee of £25 million upfront, with potential add-ons taking it to £44.5 million.

Still, Forest are a Premier League club now and nobody can knock the level of ambition being shown by the owners.

Now, a new report has explained why Gibbs-White declined the advances of Everton.

The Toffees tried to hijack Forest’s deal but pulled out late on Thursday when it came to light how far down the deal with the Reds was.

Everton also tried to sign him earlier this summer but it’s claimed that Gibbs-White was made to feel more wanted by Forest during talks with the two clubs.

That saw the 22-year-old choose a move to the City Ground and the Reds will be delighted to finally get their man.

Gibbs-White chose Forest and he’s made the right call

Cooper is a manager who gets the best out of Gibbs-White and that will have gone a long way.

The head coach valued the youngster as a regular starter for his England under-17 team, sticking him in the same bracket as Jadon Sancho and Phil Foden.

Forest will be delighted to get their man over the line having spent the whole summer pursuing him.

Gibbs-White is a busy player, who works tirelessly for the team and the fact that he rejected Everton to come to Forest is a big thing.

Gibbs-White chose Forest
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The Reds are back in the top flight for the first time in 23 years. As a result, some feared attracting players to the City Ground might prove tricky.

It would seem as though that isn’t the case and Forest’s transfer business has been fantastic this summer.

Gibbs-White is the cherry on the cake and he could become a massive player for the Reds.

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