Nottingham Forest made Morgan Gibbs-White a transfer target this summer, and a new update has emerged on the club’s pursuit of the player from a reliable source.
According to The Athletic’s Wolverhampton Wanderers reporter Steve Madeley, the Reds have had another bid rejected for the midfielder.
As per Madeley’s report for The Athletic, Forest have been knocked back yet again by Wolves, who claim that the player is not for sale and are preparing themselves for another bid to be submitted worth around £30m.
Evangelos Marinakis has intervened in negotiations and held discussions with senior figures at Molineux, and it is reported that the young talent is the number one target for Forest, who will continue to pursue the player over the transfer window.
There is no doubt that the new knockback in their efforts to secure a deal for Gibbs-White will be frustrating for the powerbrokers at the City Ground, but it is clear from Madeley’s update that Forest have no intentions of cooling their interest in the player.
The 22-year-old has been going from strength to strength in his career, and most recently caught the eye with his impressive loan spell at Sheffield United last season in the Championship.
Gibbs-White scored 11 goals, delivered nine assists and created 16 big chances, making 1.6 key passes and 0.7 tackles and winning 4.9 duels per game over 35 appearances for the Blades, and his impact on the team led to the young talent being named Player of the Year at Bramall Lane.
The 22-year-old’s performances did not go unnoticed, especially by those who came up against him in the Championship last term.
Barnsley head coach Poya Asbaghi hailed Gibbs-White following the Tykes’ defeat at Sheffield United last season, saying: “He’s a really good player. I think Sheffield United have a lot of good players, but he is the most outstanding one.”
Steve Cooper, who has worked with Gibbs-White in the England under-17s and at Swansea City, has the experience with the player to get the very best out of him; and if the midfielder can emulate his form of last season in the Premier League, the Reds could strike gold in their pursuit to retain their top-flight status.
As a result, the Forest manager must act fast to negotiate a deal for the talented midfielder, as Wolves could find themselves even more reluctant to sell Gibbs-White if he puts in an impressive performance in the Premier League should he be selected to play this weekend.