According to The Athletic’s Wolves reporter Steve Madeley, the Reds may now cool their interest in the 22-year-old following the signing of Jesse Lingard.
Madeley tweeted in response to David Ornstein’s announcement of Lingard’s confirmed move to Forest: “Interesting from a Wolves point of view. Don’t think it necessarily ends Forest’s interest in Gibbs-White because Lingard has only signed for a year whereas MGW would be a longer-term investment.”
“But it certainly makes him less of a priority for Forest.”
Forest have been wasting no time or resources in making sure they try to build a team that’s fit to compete in the Premier League next season, with 11 signings already secured, but the news that the club are not likely to prioritise a deal for Gibbs-White could well leave supporters gutted.
There is no doubt that Lingard is quite a coup for Forest. The 29-year-old has ample Premier League experience with 165 appearances, 29 goals and 14 assists in the top flight, something which could be extremely valuable to Cooper as he navigates through the season.
However, the former Manchester United star has only signed on a one-year deal and is clearly not a prospect for the future, turning 30 next February. Gibbs-White, on the other hand, would have been a long-term investment for the club and a player who could continue to develop under Cooper.
The 22-year-old Wolves midfielder has been going from strength to strength in his career so far and most recently had an outstanding season-long loan in the Championship with Sheffield United last term.
Gibbs-White ended the season as the second-highest scorer for the Blades with 12 goals and 10 assists, and he was named the club’s Player of the Year for his contributions and performances over his 37 league appearances.
Cooper is already aware of the potential and talent that Gibbs-White possesses after working with him at international level with England under-17s and signing him on a six-month loan at Swansea, but Wolves’ reported £30m asking price for the midfielder is likely a breaking point that Forest are reluctant to meet.
The signing of Lingard certainly puts the potential move for Gibbs-White into question, and Cooper will be hoping that their decision to bring in the 29-year-old will make the difference in the bid for Premier League survival next season.