Wolves are doing great business with reported Morgan Gibbs-White deal
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Wolves are doing great business with reported Morgan Gibbs-White deal

Wolves will reportedly sell Morgan Gibbs-White to Nottingham Forest for a fee that could total £42.5 million.

Wanderers had maintained throughout this window that they wanted to keep the 22-year-old.

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He enjoyed a tremendous season with Sheffield United last term, and returned to Molineux this summer a much better player than when he left.

Bruno Lage had wanted to give Gibbs-White a more prominent role this season. He has already started him in the first two games of 2022/23.

But Forest’s intense pursuit has seen Wolves finally cave, and the player is now reportedly having a medical with the newly promoted side.

According to The Athletic, Forest will pay Wolves £25 million up front, and the rest will come in time.

Telegraph journalist John Percy has tweeted that £7-10 million of the add-ons are ‘likely’, and the rest is will be a little more difficult to achieve.

There will be some Wolves supporters who are unhappy with this development.

Gibbs-White, an academy graduate, looked really bright in pre-season and has also done OK in his first two Premier League games.

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But ultimately, £44.5 million is an incredible deal to strike for someone who is still unproven in the top-flight.

Wolves may have had every intention of keeping Gibbs-White. But there can surely be no questioning the club’s decision to cash in here.

Wanderers have stood firm for a long time, and that has ultimately forced Forest to, realistically, pay way over the odds.

It’s a deal that was simply too good for Wolves to turn down.

Having signed Goncalo Guedes last week, it’s likely officials felt more comfortable making the decision.

Wolves agreeing £44.5 million deal with Forest for Gibbs-White is remarkable business

Even if Wolves were to receive just £25 million for Gibbs-White and no add-ons, that would still be good business.

But the club are receiving £25 million now, and could receive up to £20 million more in the future. As promising as he has looked in recent times, it is just a no-brainer.

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Gibbs-White’s record in the Premier League is just one goal and one assist in 48 appearances.

Lage might find the deal slightly frustrating, since he was a big fan of the England U21 international.

But surely even he can’t blame the board for sanctioning the sale.