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Nottingham Forest may now drop out of Morgan Gibbs-White race after signing Jesse Lingard

Wolves could potentially see Nottingham Forest drop out of the race to sign Morgan Gibbs-White now that they have signed Jesse Lingard.

The Premier League new boys have been heavily linked with a move for the Wanderers star in recent weeks.

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It was reported that they had made an approach to sign the 22-year-old, and that they would be willing to fork out £20 million for him.

It was then claimed Forest had made him one of their key targets.

But the newly promoted side have now moved to sign Jesse Lingard on a free transfer.

The attacking midfielder had run down his contract at Manchester United, but will remain a Premier League player having secured a move to the City Ground on a one-year deal.

Forest are reported to be paying him a whopping £200,000-a-week (Daily Mail).

That makes him by far and away their top earner.

This move now surely casts doubt on Forest’s potential to sign Gibbs-White this summer.

Lingard is an attacking midfielder, who is also capable of operating out wide.

Nottingham Forest are surely out of the running to sign Gibbs-White after signing Lingard

This deal has significance for Wolves in that, Forest are surely now unlikely to make a go of signing Gibbs-White.

The Wolves star and Lingard are very similar positionally, and so it doesn’t make a great deal of sense for Forest to sign both.

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Of course, other teams could still make a move for Gibbs-White though.

But the hope is that Gibbs-White will ultimately end up staying at Wolves for 2022/23.

So far he has impressed in pre-season, and was even handed the captaincy yesterday for the Levante game.