Sunderland have been dealt a potential boost in their bid to bring Jordan Lawrence-Gabriel to the Stadium of Light this summer.
According to a report by 90min, Nottingham Forest have made a move for Boavista right-back Reggie Cannon, with the Reds submitting an undisclosed offer for the 23-year-old defender.
The Championship side also recently confirmed a season-long loan deal for Arsenal right-back Jordi Osei-Tutu, meaning that, should the Garibaldi be successful with their bid for Cannon, they will have four players in the position on their books.
The news that Nottingham Forest are actively attempting to recruit a right-back over what remains of the summer transfer window could well mean that the Reds are now willing to sanction the sale of Lawrence-Gabriel, something that would leave Lee Johnson buzzing.
The Black Cats have been heavily linked with a move for the defender this summer, with his potential addition undoubtedly providing the 40-year-old’s hopes of securing promotion from the third tier of English football with a considerable boost.
Indeed, while the 22-year-old has not got off to the best of starts for Forest this season, the £225k-rated right-back highly impressed over his 29 League One appearances while on loan at Blackpool last term, helping Neil Critchley’s side keep 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 man Blackpool Gazette journalist Matt Scrafton dubbed an “important” player also impressed in a creative capacity, registering one assist and creating one big chance for his teammates, in addition to making an average of 0.7 key passes per match.
As such, it would very much appear as if Lawrence-Gabriel would be a fantastic addition for Sunderland to make prior to the closure of the summer transfer window, with a deal now appearing a great deal more likely than previously thought.