The lowdown: Wanted man
Following a stellar loan spell at Sheffield United in 2021/22, Gibbs-White has attracted plenty of attention from a number of Premier League clubs.
However, as of yet no transfer has materialised and the latest emerging claims have shed some further light on the current state of play from a Forest perspective…
The latest: ‘Talks’ held
It’s claimed that the two clubs were unable to reach an agreement on a fee for Gibbs-White, as the Molineux outfit look for bids in the region of £30million.
The report also states that along with the attacking midfielder who was ‘unreal’ last season – according to European football expert Alex Barker – Forest are also in the market for another frontman with Keinan Davis and Maxwel Cornet cited as possible options.
The verdict: Tough call
Although signing Gibbs-White would have to be regarded as a welcome piece of business, shelling out anything close to the mooted asking price would shatter the current record expenditure, which stands at the £18.45million spent to bring Taiwo Awoniyi to the City Ground from Union Berlin.
Overall, the suggested fee would take the Forest spending this summer beyond the £100million mark, further proof of a willingness to back Steve Cooper in the quest to preserve Premier League status beyond 2022/23.
Capable of playing across numerous positions and therefore adding supreme versatility to the ranks, last season, Gibbs-White – who was praised for his ‘productivity at the top end of the pitch’ by Cooper himself whilst on loan at Swansea – scored 12 times and provided nine assists in 39 appearances across all competitions.
Despite the required lofty outlay for a player with just 46 Premier League outings under his belt, adding a player of the young Englishman’s ilk to the Forest ranks would be a superb coup for the newly promoted Reds and one that should be under serious consideration regardless of finances.
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