Tottenham have been interested in a Premier League forward for the whole 2022-23 campaign and are accelerating talks ahead of a potential summer bid for him, according to a report.
Tottenham could make big changes to their attacking options this summer as they prepare for a new head coach – potentially Julian Nagelsmann – to join. Harry Kane’s future remains in the balance, with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy determined to keep him but Manchester United hoping to strike a big-money deal.
Lucas Moura will leave the club on a free transfer as his contract is due to expire at the end of June. Tottenham are expected to stick with Richarlison, despite the former Everton man failing to score a league goal so far in his debut campaign in north London.
If Kane does depart, then Tottenham will need to bring in at least two new forwards to replace the goals he provides.
And one of the players that could move to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is Nottingham Forest’s Morgan Gibbs-White.
The Englishman, who likes to operate just behind a main striker, excelled while on loan at Sheffield United from Wolves last term. He registered 12 goals and 10 assists in 37 games as the Blades made the play-offs.
Forest knocked Sheff Utd out in the play-off semi-finals and then managed to gain promotion to the top flight, which prompted them to spend an initial £25million (plus £17.5m in potential add-ons) to take Gibbs-White to the City Ground.
The playmaker has adapted well to the Prem. While his record of four goals and six assists in 32 league outings does not sound blistering, it is clear that Gibbs-White has the talent and mentality to double those numbers and shine for a top-level club.
Tottenham eye Morgan Gibbs-White swoop
Football Insider claim Spurs are willing to give Gibbs-White such an opportunity. Their report states that Spurs have been monitoring the 23-year-old ‘all season’ and have gradually been more and more impressed by his performances.
A source claims Spurs scouts feel Gibbs-White has ‘hugely improved’ and ‘gone to the next level’ since moving to Forest.
As such, internal talks are ramping up at Spurs as they consider whether to launch a big-money swoop for him.
The success of such a bid will ultimately depend on where Forest finish this season. They currently occupy 17th place in the league, just one point above the relegation zone.
If Steve Cooper manages to guide Forest to safety, then Spurs will struggle to complete a deal. Forest would tell them to put up way more than the £42.5m they originally paid for him.
But if Forest’s relegation to the Championship is confirmed, then they will simply have to let Gibbs-White leave. This term he has shown he can make a big impact in the top flight.
Plus, Forest may struggle to make back all of his transfer fee as Spurs could agree a cut-price deal.
Of course, Gibbs-White would not be able to replace Kane on his own as he would rather play behind a top striker. And recent reports have claimed Levy could pursue Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez as a successor to Kane.