An exclusive report by Football Insider on November 12 said that Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka is ready to offload midfield duo Liam Bridcutt and Ben Watson, and if he does he should make an ambitious loan move for Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Morgan Gibbs-White.
Well, Football Insider report that Karanka has given the green light for the pair to leave in the New Year, with the Championship club ready to listen to offers for them as the Spaniard looks to make room in his squad for potential new signings by offloading the deadwood.
Getting rid of Watson would certainly be something of a surprise given he is Forest captain, although he appears to have fallen behind Jack Colback, Adlene Guedioura and Claudio Yacob in the pecking order in recent weeks having not featured in their previous four league fixtures.
Meanwhile, Bridcutt is even further out of favour with the Reds boss having only made one brief outing in England’s second tier, with the majority of his time on the pitch coming in the EFL Cup.
Football Insider report that Karanka is looking for a more attack-minded central midfield player, and the 18-year-old Wolves starlet certainly fits the bill.
The talented teenager has already made six substitute appearances in the Premier League for the west Midlands outfit, and he showed his ability in the final third against Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal already this month, coming within an inch of scoring the winning goal at the Emirates when his stunning strike hit the inside of the post.
Given his run of first-team minutes it might be ambitious to hope to prise him away from Molineux in January, but a run of regular football at Forest could be exactly what he and Wolves want in his continued development.