Blackpool have agreed a fee with Nottingham Forest for defender Jordan Gabriel, according to Alan Nixon.
Blackpool have been chasing Gabriel’s signature all summer, with the Tangerines having a good look at the full-back whilst on loan last season.
Gabriel made 35 appearances across all competitions for Neil Critchley’s side last season, proving excellent competition for Ollie Turton and helping the club win promotion from League One via the play-offs.
The 22-year-old has been Chris Hughton’s preferred option at right-back since returning to the City Ground, featuring in four of the Reds’ first five league games, after being sent off in the home defeat to Blackburn Rovers.
Jordi Osei-Tutu was brought in on loan from Arsenal over a fortnight ago, but the defender had to fill in at left-back due to a shortage of options in that position, before picking up a hamstring injury.
But with the final day of the transfer window now upon us, Blackpool finally look set to make a breakthrough in their pursuit of Gabriel, with Alan Nixon reporting that a fee has been agreed between the two clubs.
In all honesty, this feels like the right move for Gabriel.
His performances for Forest in the early stages of this season have been hit and miss, and it looks like they will bring in another right-back before the window closes.
Gabriel is a popular figure at Blackpool, he’s at a good age and Critchley worked well with him. For his development, it could be the right decision to let him leave, and it suits all parties involved.