Sunderland may have been dealt a major blow in their bid to bring Jordan Gabriel to the Stadium of Light this summer.
That’s according to a claim made by Alan Nixon, with The Sun journalist revealing in a post on Twitter that, despite a recent report suggesting that Nottingham Forest would be willing to part with the right-back for a fee of around £600k this summer, it would actually take more than this figure to get a deal over the line for the 22-year-old.
After a fan asked whether or not Forest’s reported asking price was accurate, Nixon said: “Believe they want more than that.”
This could cause a problem for Sunderland, who, along with Blackpool, have been heavily linked with a move for the defender ahead of the new League One season.
With it being reported that Kyril Louis-Dreyfus and Sunderland’s transfer team have been in talks with Nottingham Forest and Jordan Gabriel regarding a move to the Stadium of Light this summer, should the club ultimately be priced out of a move for the highly-rated youngster, it would be a major blow.
Indeed, having impressed while on loan at Blackpool last season, the signing of the defender would very much appear to be something of a coup for Lee Johnson’s side, as well as being one that would immediately solve the club’s lack of depth at right-back.
Over his 29 League One appearances for Neil Critchley’s side last term, the £225k-rated man helped his 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 player Kevin Phillips claimed would be an “ideal” signing for Sunderland also helped out 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 match.
As such, it would very much appear as if Gabriel would indeed be a fantastic addition to Lee Johnson’s squad this summer, with the defender having both the ability and the experience to help fire Sunderland to glory next season.
However, with it appearing uncertain whether or not the club will be able to afford a deal for the Forest man this summer, Mackems fans face an extremely anxious wait to see whether or not Louis-Dreyfus can get a deal over the line before deadline day.