Transfer interest is growing in Nottingham Forest right-back Jordan Gabriel this summer.
That’s according to a report by Nottinghamshire Live, who claimed that both Blackpool and Portsmouth are keeping a close eye on the situation of the Reds defender ahead of a potential move in the summer transfer window.
However, the report added that there is no suggestion that Chris Hughton will be willing to part with the 22-year-old this summer, with the youngster instead set to be given a chance to impress for Forest in pre-season.
Considering how promising Gabriel looked while on loan at Blackpool last season, as well as Forest being potentially very short at right-back come the end of the summer, it would very much appear as if selling the academy graduate would be something of a mistake by Hughton.
Indeed, over his 29 appearances for Neil Critchley’s Blackpool side last term, the 22-year-old helped his team to keep 10 clean sheets, as well as averaging 0.8 interceptions, 0.9 tackles, 1.5 clearances and winning 4.6 duels per game.
These returns saw the man who Blackpool-based journalist Matt Scrafton dubbed an “important” player earn a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 6.75, playing a big part in the Tangerines’ promotion to the Championship.
Aside from these impressive displays out on loan, the situation at Forest is a further reason why Gabriel should not be allowed to depart the City Ground this summer.
Indeed, Cyrus Christie has now returned to Fulham following his own loan spell at the club, while Hughton is also believed to have informed Carl Jenkinson that he is free to leave in the summer transfer window, leaving the very real possibility of Gabriel being the Garibaldi’s most senior option at right-back come the start of next season.
As such, considering the 22-year-old’s clear potential, as well as Nottingham Forest’s lack of depth in his position, it can easily be argued that allowing the £1,200-per-week defender to leave the club this summer would be something of a disaster by Hughton.