A report in the Athletic on Gibbs-White’s future said that, despite interest from Saints, the player is “not keen” on a move to St. Mary’s and would prefer to go elsewhere.
Saints supporters will be gutted that the player doesn’t want to move to St Mary’s Stadium and it’s no surprise given those impressive numbers during the last campaign.
However, given the player has links to both Everton and Forest they shouldn’t feel hard done by. Gibbs-White worked with the Toffees’ sporting director Kevin Thelwall in the Wolves academy and was also coached by Forest boss Steve Cooper in the England youth set-up.
The club could have also found themselves in a bidding war for the player, with Everton already told that their £25m valuation is too low.
A move for Gibbs-White might have been a safety net for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side as the player would make a great replacement if the skipper were to leave, or even a great partner if he stayed.
He would have been a great addition for Saints but it wasn’t meant to be, and perhaps now the club will show even more reluctance to let go of their leader.
A duo of Gibbs-White and Ward-Prowse is something we would have liked to have seen, and it could have really propelled Southampton closer to the top 10.