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Morgan Gibbs-White verging on eye-catching Premier League transfer with Wolves to reluctantly admit defeat

Wolves midfielder Morgan Gibbs-White

Morgan Gibbs-White is on the cusp of joining free spenders Nottingham Forest after their owner personally intervened to help strike a deal with a reluctant Wolves, per reports.

The 22-year-old has been on Wolves’ books since 2008, though has never been given the chance to make his mark at Molineux. Gibbs-White showed what he is capable of while out on loan last season. Indeed, he bagged 10 goals and eight assists in the Championship for promotion chasers Sheffield United.

Gibbs-White returned to Wolves in the summer and has featured heavily in pre-season. By all accounts, it appeared as though he may finally get the chance to flourish this season under Bruno Lage.

However, amid uncertainties over his game-time, the player has persistently refused to entertain talks over a contract extension.

His current deal expires in 2024, putting Wolves in a delicate position.

Wolves don’t wish to sell such a promising academy graduate who looks primed to break out. However, if he is adamant a new deal won’t be signed, the time is now to cash in for maximum value.

Everton and Nottingham Forest have both been heavily linked with Gibbs-White. Indeed, the Athletic recently reported Forest had seen at least two bids already turned down.

They speculated a move could ultimately cost around the £30m mark if it were to materialise this summer. According to a BBC journalist, that’s exactly what’s about to happen.

Forest deal in ‘final stages’

BBC East Midlands reporter, Natalie Jackson, tweeted Gibbs White is ‘on the verge’ of signing for Forest.

The deal was described as being in the ‘final stages’ and was termed ‘very close’ to completion. Jackson also added Forest hope to officially wrap up a deal in the coming days.

The Athletic’s prior report noted Forest owner, Evangelos Marinakis, had personally taken charge of their efforts to sign Gibbs-White.

Whether his involvement has been the catalyst to progress can’t be stated for certain. However, what does appear clear is Gibbs-White is on course for a move to the City Ground.

Gibbs-White another major coup for Forest

Steve Cooper’s side have invested heavily in terms of both transfer fees, player salaries and sheer volume of arrivals this summer.

Jesse Lingard was the most eye-catching arrival, but Gibbs-White would arguably be an even bigger coup.

He shone in multiple positions at Bramall Lane last season. Indeed, he played in central midfield, out wide, at second striker and even as the lone man up top when injuries dictated.

If the summer window is anything to go by, Forest could comfortably be the best performing side of the newly-promoted clubs.