Nottingham Forest want to sign Oxford United winger Gavin Whyte, according to the Daily Mirror.
The 23-year-old had an impressive season for the League One club, scoring seven goals and assisting five others in 36 league outings.
The newspaper claims via their live transfer blog [Tuesday, 11:52am] that Forest boss Martin O’Neill is keen on the four-time Northern Ireland international, but Oxford boss Karl Robinson insisted that a deal would not come cheap.
“It’s going to cost over £4million for Gavin Whyte. That’s what it is,” the United manager said.
Good move for Forest?
Overall, this would be a good move for Forest to make. Whyte showed last season that he has an eye for goal by scoring nine times in all competitions, and that is a decent return. The fact that he is only 23 also shows that there is room for development there, and O’Neill can certainly get it out of Whyte. But £4million and plus is a decent amount of money to play for a League One player and O’Neill would have to be sure that he is investing that sort of money on the right player. If he was to sign, however, Whyte could indeed have some impact on the squad and he could prove a good signing.
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Likely to happen?
Whyte is under contract at Oxford until 2021, hence why Robinson has slapped that transfer fee on him. But if O’Neill is keen on the player, there is every chance he could sign and he could prove a good player for Forest. Time will tell if this deal gets over the line.
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