Blackpool have confirmed the permanent signing of Nottingham Forest defender Jordan Gabriel.
Gabriel has been chased by Blackpool throughout the summer, with the right-back impressing on loan at Bloomfield Road last season.
Gabriel made 35 appearances across all competitions for the Tangerines, providing real competition for Ollie Turton and helping Blackpool win promotion from League One via the play-offs.
The 22-year-old has been Chris Hughton’s preferred option at right-back due to a shortage of options, featuring in four of their opening five league games. He was sent off in the home defeat to Blackburn Rovers, but returned to the side against Derby County at the weekend.
But after agreeing a fee with Blackpool, which Alan Nixon says is in the region of £700,000, Gabriel has now left Forest.
It is understood that Forest have included a sell-on clause in the deal, too, meaning they will benefit financially if Gabriel moves on for a fee in the future.
Forest, meanwhile, are understood to be closing in on the permanent signing of Mohamed Drager from Olympiacos, with the Tunisian international set to be brought in as Gabriel’s replacement.
In the meantime, we take a look at Forest fans’ reactions to Gabriel’s departure…
In my opinion Gabriel needed another loan move to League One or League Two. Simply wasn’t good enough for the championship yet. But now there’s room for Fin Back’s development which is great to see so overall I think this transfer helps both parties #NFFC
— Millsy (@JackAntonyMills) August 31, 2021
Wish him well. Wanted nothing more than to play for Forest but this is probably the right thing for everyone. Hope he does well. 🔴⚪️💯
— Forest FanBase (@ForestFanBase) August 31, 2021
Shouldn't have sold him was only going to improve
— 🔴 (@CNL_NFFC) August 31, 2021
£700k plus a sell on clause for a bang average right back at this level, cracking deal. Wish him the best
— Josh kind 🌹 (@Joshkind_NFFC) August 31, 2021
Fin Back time to shine
— J☔️ but nice🙂 (@champagneuzi) August 31, 2021
@jxgabriel_ best of luck mate. No doubt you’ll go on to have a fantastic career 🔴⚪️
— harveyscrim (@NFFC_Harvey) August 31, 2021
Hopefully Back will boss it now
— ᛒᚱᚨᛞᛚᛖᚢ (@Bvsnffcsg01) August 31, 2021
Must be getting that rb from OLY now surely
— Jordi (@Jelliot65) August 31, 2021