Blackpool and Sunderland are both ‘close’ to Nottingham Forest’s valuation of defender Jordan Gabriel, according to journalist Alan Nixon.
Blackpool and Sunderland close-ish to valuation https://t.co/psdrwYWMAs
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) July 28, 2021
Gabriel spent the 2020/21 season on loan with Blackpool, and played an important role in their promotion-winning campaign from League One.
The full-back made 35 appearances in total for the Tangerines, as they went on to beat Lincoln City in the League One play-off final at Wembley, as they booked their place in the Championship for the 2021/22 campaign.
Gabriel has since returned to Nottingham Forest, but seemingly isn’t part of their plans for the foreseeable future, with The Mirror’s James Nursey revealing that the Reds are looking for a fee in the region of £700,000 for his services.
Blackpool and Sunderland are believed to be close to Forest’s valuation of the 22-year-old, although it remains to be seen as to which club will be the defender’s preferred destination at this stage.
Sunderland missed out on promotion into the Championship last term, after they were beaten by Lincoln City in their play-off semi-final, which condemned them to another season in the third-tier, much to the frustration of the club’s supporters.
Lee Johnson is seemingly keen to add much-needed depth to his defensive options, with Dion Sanderson, Conor McLaughlin and Callum McFadzean departing the club over the summer.
The Black Cats are set to take on Wigan Athletic in their opening match of the 2020/21 season, in what is likely to be a tricky test for them at the Stadium of Light on Saturday 7th August.
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It’ll be interesting to see which club wins the race to sign Gabriel this summer.
He really impressed me whilst on loan with Neil Critchley’s side last season, and played his part in Blackpool’s promotion-winning campaign last term.
Therefore, you would imagine that a return to Bloomfield Road will tempt him more, especially when the Tangerines will be playing their football at a higher level than League One next season.
Sunderland will have to do all they can in offering him regular minutes, as they look to pull off an agreement with the Nottingham Forest youngster.