Nottingham Forest manager Martin O’Neill has his hands full this summer as he looks to sort one of the largest squads in the Championship, and prepare a side capable of mounting a realistic promotion challenge in the league next season.
Despite his inflated squad, O’Neill still has his eye on new recruits with Oxford United winger Gavin Whyte a target, though Forest may be shocked at the U’s £4 million valuation of him, as reported in the Nottingham Post.
The U’s manager Karl Robinson has a reputation of playing hard-ball and securing high fees for his best players, during previous management spells at Charlton Athletic and MK Dons.
So should Forest pay the reported £4 million asking price for Whyte?
“This seems like a ridiculous sum for Oxford to be asking for.”
“He has only been in England a year and in that time has scored nine goals in 49 games for The U’s, so has hardly set the world alight.
“Oxford must believe he is a real talent to be demanding such a high price. It is possible that he is, but first he has to prove himself in League One, otherwise Forest would be taking an unbelievable gamble to spend £4m on him.
“Absolutely not, no.
“There is no way whatsoever that Gavin Whyte is worth that money.
“Its a tactic by Karl Robinson, either pay way over the odds or don’t pay at all.
“I’d be surprised if he fetched £1m, that’s how much of a bluff this is. Forest should steer clear.”
“I don’t think so.
“Whyte is obviously a good player and he could have a big future ahead of him, but I’m not sure he’s worth £4milloin and I’d be very surprised to see Forest pay that much for him.
“There are surely better options out there for Forest in the transfer market and they are probably available for cheaper too.”
“They surely won’t pursue this deal after hearing of their asking price.
“I’m not doubting that Whyte is a good player, because he has real talent about him and is capable of making the step up to the Championship next season.
“But for £4m, Nottingham Forest could get a much better alternative and could get a proven Championship player to help aid their promotion bid, that’s for sure.”