According to journalist Jacque Talbot, the Reds’ proposed deal for the Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder “will get done” this summer.
He tweeted: “Nottingham Forest fans – feeling is that Morgan Gibbs-White will get done now. As reported a couple of months back, this one would go to the wire. Player is eager to join, may push it through. No info on bid, etc, as of yet.”
Steve Cooper will surely be frustrated that Forest haven’t been able to secure the 22-year-old’s signing yet, especially as they are now underway in their Premier League campaign, but Talbot’s update does give Forest some hope despite Gibbs-White starting for Wolves yesterday.
It was reported earlier this week that the Garibaldi had a £35m bid rejected (£25m transfer fee with £10m in add-ons), but Forest are showing no signs of giving up on their number one transfer target despite already signing 12 new players over the transfer window so far.
The Forest boss is no stranger to the young midfielder after managing Gibbs-White in the World Cup-winning England under-17 side and signing him on a six-month loan spell at Swansea City, showing that the manager is clearly a huge admirer of the player and experienced in getting the best out of him.
Gibbs-White has gone from strength to strength in his career so far, and most recently impressed over a season-long loan with Sheffield United in the Championship last term.
The 22-year-old scored 11 goals, delivered nine assists and created a whopping 16 chances, making 1.6 key passes, winning 4.9 duels and completing 1.3 dribbles per game over 35 appearances as Sheffield United’s promotion push ended on penalties in the play-off semi-finals against Nottingham Forest.
Gibbs-White has two years left on his current contract and has so far refused to extend that despite Wolves reportedly being keen to secure the midfielder’s future at the Molineux, and Bruno Lage has made it clear that the player is part of his plans by starting him this weekend and speaking out ahead of the new season.
Lage revealed in his pre-match press conference ahead of their clash against Leeds: “We keep Morgan – how much would you pay for Morgan? £50million. Tell me one player who can play like Morgan and how much do you pay for him?
“Since the first day I have seen a top player. When I want to find a player like him, I need to spend £50million. We have a strong team and with patience we will create a strong squad.”
The powerbrokers at the City Ground will need to present something special for Wolves to part ways with their rising star, but if Forest can somehow secure a deal before the transfer window shuts in a few weeks, it would be a major coup for the Garibaldi and a reward for their persistence.
For now, though, it’s nothing but frustration for Cooper in the Reds’ pursuit of the 22-year-old.