Wolverhampton Wanderers have rejected Nottingham Forest’s latest bid for Morgan Gibbs-White, according to The Athletic.
Forest have indicated that their offer of £25 million plus £10m in add-ons was their final proposal after seeing two previous bids rejected, but Wolves are adamant that the versatile midfielder is not for sale.
However, the Athletic understands the deal is not dead yet, and conversations could continue if Forest improve their current proposal.
Wolves are desperate to hold on to Gibbs-White despite his representatives informing the club that they would not discuss a new contract with his current deal set to expire in 2024.
The player’s stance contradicting the club’s position gives the idea that a deal could yet be struck, especially if Wolves were to find a replacement for the young Englishman.
Forest are the most active club in the Premier League in this summer’s transfer window. They have signed a staggering twelve players, but Steve Cooper’s side remain determined to land Gibbs-White as they consider him a key target.
Their determination could yet be rewarded, but it’ll require the club to smash their record transfer fee for a second time this summer after they shelled out £17m to sign Taiwo Awoniyi from Union Berlin.
Gibbs-White impressed last season on loan at Sheffield United in the Championship, scoring ten goals and providing eight assists in 34 league appearances.
Ironically, he missed his penalty in the playoff semi-final that sent Forest to the final, which they went on to win against Huddersfield Town to secure promotion to the Premier League.
The newly promoted side are not alone in the quest to snatch the 22-year-old from Wolves, with Everton also registering an interest.
However, the Wolves academy graduate would relish the chance to reunite with his former coach, Steve Cooper.
Gibbs-White played under the Welsh manager when England won the U17 World Cup in 2017. They also worked together when the youngster was on loan at Swansea.