Chris Hughton’s Nottingham Forest side have received a number of offers for Jordan Gabriel.
That’s according to a report by Football Insider, who claim that both Sunderland and Blackpool have submitted an offer for the Forest right-back, with Dane Murphy’s side believed to be considering whether or not to sanction the sale of the 22-year-old.
The report goes on to touch on the fact that the defender only penned a new four-year deal at The City Ground prior to joining the Tangerines on a season-long loan deal last summer.
A previous report also claimed that Portsmouth are considering a move for Gabriel, before adding that Hughton is assessing the right-back in pre-season before deciding whether or not the youngster will feature in his first-team plans as of next season.
Having only joined Forest earlier this month, deciding the future of Jordan Gabriel is a rather big call for Dane Murphy to make so early in his career as the CEO of the club.
And, considering how much potential the 22-year-old appears to possess, as well as the fact that the Reds are not exactly blessed with depth at right-back, it is a very easy argument to make that it would be something of a mistake by the chief executive to let him go.
Indeed, over his 29 League One appearances for Blackpool last season, the £225k-rated man helped his side keep a whopping ten clean sheets, as well as making an average of 0.8 interceptions, 0.9 tackles, 1.5 clearances and winning 4.6 duels per game.
The £1.2k-per-week Englishman also impressed in an attacking capacity, providing one assist and creating one big chance for his teammates, in addition to making an average of 0.7 key passes per league fixture.
Furthermore, with Cyrus Christie having returned to Fulham following the expiry of his loan deal at The City Ground, as well as Carl Jenkinson looking set to leave the club this summer, Gabriel could well end up being the Garibaldi’s only option at right-back as of next season.
As such, taking all of the above into account, unless Murphy has plans to bring in two new players at right-back this summer, letting the 22-year-old leave the club could well prove to be a huge mistake by the new CEO.