Wolves have knocked back at bid of over £20m from Everton for exciting attacking midfielder, claims a reliable source.
The former Sheffield United loanee is a “priority” target for Frank Lampard, who has struggled to add to his Goodison Park squad.
Financial issues and the prospective takeover of the club have clouded Lampard’s transfer plans. The former Chelsea man has added James Tarkowski on a free transfer, but he has been waiting for the green light to make more additions.
That go ahead has been granted, although Everton’s offer has been rejected with Wolves in no mood to negotiate.
The Telegraph claims Molineux officials are chasing around £30m, including add-ons for the player.
There is also interest from promoted Nottingham Forest and Crystal Palace.
Forest were impressed with Gibbs-White against them in the play-offs last season. However, Steve Cooper’s men have yet to test the water with an offer.
Gibbs-White in demand
Everton though skipped ahead with a firm proposal. However, the competition now know exactly what Wolves’ stance is regarding Gibbs-White, who has a new contract on the table in the midlands.
He has returned to pre-season with Bruno Lage’s men and scored the opening goal in he 3-0 friendly win over Burnley on Saturday.
Lage is thought to be keen to see the England Under-21 man in his squad next season. And he is expected to travel with Lage’s squad for the pre-season training camp in Benidorm.
Whether Everton will return with a bid which they need to improve by a third, is unclear.
Wolves though are in the driving seat with the source claiming they are “relaxed” about the situation. If the player signs a new deal, Lage will be delighted. If not they will sell him on their own terms, knowing he is under contract until 2024.