Wolverhampton Wanderers have rejected another offer from Nottingham Forest for midfielder Morgan Gibbs-White after the newly-promoted side’s owner Evangelos Marinakis took personal charge of the club’s efforts to land their No 1 target.
Wolves knocked back Forest’s latest attempt to prise Gibbs-White away from Molineux at the weekend and continue to insist that their academy product is not for sale.
But Forest have remained determined all summer to land Gibbs-White, with the newly-promoted Premier League side keen to make him a key figure in their squad following their return to the top flight.
And with Gibbs-White having so far refused to agree an extension to a Wolves deal that is due to run out in 2024, the saga is likely to drag on further into the transfer window.
Wolves are braced for a further bid from Forest with figures likely to approach the £30million ($36m) mark.
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Forest have now had at least two offers rejected by Wolves, with the latest coming after Marinakis intervened to hold discussions with senior counterparts at Molineux.
Everton have also discussed a potential deal for Gibbs-White, but the chance to work with Forest boss Steve Cooper and to be a ‘big fish’ at a new club appears to make Forest Gibbs-White’s more likely destination should he leave Wolves this summer. Gibbs-White played under Cooper for England Under-17s, winning the World Cup in 2017.
Wolves, however, continue to insist they have no desire to sell with head coach Bruno Lage keen to finally make Gibbs-White, 22, a regular member of his starting line-up this season.
Gibbs-White has played throughout pre-season in a wide right role with licence to roam in attacking areas and is expected to occupy that spot in Saturday’s Premier League opener at Leeds United.
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