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Nottingham Forest: Evangelos Marinakis urged to sign Wolves ace

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BT Sport commentator Darren Fletcher believes Morgan Gibbs-White would be a ‘good’ replacement for Philip Zinckernagel at Nottingham Forest.

The Wolves attacking midfielder spent this season on loan at Sheffield United and scored in the Championship play-off semi-final defeat to Nottingham Forest on his way to being named the Blades’ player of the season. 

Zinckernagel made 50 appearances for the Reds this season on loan from Watford and was directly involved in 17 goals, with talks about his future set to commence as the two clubs trade places in the footballing pyramid.

Blades boss Paul Heckingbottom has admitted that he would like to bring Gibbs-White to Bramall Lane on a permanent basis, while according to The Athletic, AC Milan have made a ‘tentative enquiry’ – but Fletcher thinks he would fit in well at the City Ground.

Speaking on the Garibaldi Red Podcast, he said: “What I’m told is that a lot of big clubs like Morgan Gibbs-White, so I think if Forest could get Morgan Gibbs-White and play him as a 10 in the Zinckernagel position, you’ve got a good player there.”

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After 26 appearances in Wolves’ first season back in the top flight in 2018/19, the England U21 international has featured just 20 times since in the Premier League.

He was hailed as ‘outstanding’ by former Barnsley head coach Poya Asbaghi earlier this year and has worked with manager Steve Cooper before at both Swansea City and as part of the England U17 World Cup-winning squad.

According to Alan Nixon (via The 72), Forest are set ‘to launch a record-breaking £20m move’, but Wolves are said to have offered him an improved deal.

However, journalist Josh Holland has previously tipped Gibbs-White for a starting berth in Bruno Lage’s side next season, and with Joao Moutinho’s contract expiring in June as well as the future of Ruben Neves in serious jeopardy, there is room for the youngster to forge his own path for the Old Gold.

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