Jurgen Klopp should consider returning to Wolves and raiding Bruno Lage’s ranks for Morgan Gibbs-White, with the West Midlands natives now fearing having to sell the midfielder during the summer.
That’s according to talkSPORT, who report Wolves chiefs fear having to cash in on Gibbs-White after his sensational loan spell with Sheffield United this term. The 22-year-old helped fire the Blades into the Championship play-off picture, but Paul Heckingbottom’s side would lose to Nottingham Forest.
Now, Gibbs-White is demanding Lage offers him assurances over what playing time he can expect at Molineux next season. He is determined to gain a regular role in the Premier League, and is holding out on agreeing to extend his contract with the Black Country side until Lage decides his importance.
Lage only featured Gibbs-White in two top-flight matches for just seven minutes before sending him to Bramall Lane on loan. But the England U21 international showed his worth with Sheffield United, netting 11 goals and assisting a further nine in 35 regular season games to help finish in fifth-place.
Gibbs-White continued to influence matches in the play-offs with an assist in the semi-final first-leg and goal in the reverse. But his efforts could not prevent a shoot-out that Nottingham Forest would win after Brice Samba saved the Wolves loanee’s tame attempt from 12-yards out with the final kick.
Nottingham Forest now want to sign Gibbs-White after going on and beating Huddersfield Town in the play-off final at Wembley. The City Ground hierarchy also believe they hold an advantage over his rival suitors, as Gibbs-White won the U17 World Cup under Forest coach Steve Cooper in 2017.
Liverpool should target Morgan Gibbs-White as Wolves now fear selling midfielder this summer
Gibbs-White’s performances for Sheffield United have placed him on many shortlists for the summer sales, though. TEAMtalk reported in March that Leeds United, Crystal Palace and Southampton also admire him. Fulham, too, rate Gibbs-White highly and feel he can replace Liverpool’s Fabio Carvalho.
Wolves would like Gibbs-White to sign a new contract as a reward for what he achieved this season, too. The Athletic report the Molineux hierarchy responded to a tentative enquiry from AC Milan by tabling new terms. Now, he must decide if his future is in the West Midlands after speaking to Lage.
But Klopp should throw Liverpool’s hat into the ring with Wolves fearing Gibbs-White rejecting the new contract and having to sell. The Reds will need to refresh their midfield in the coming seasons, and may find an instant replacement for the transfer-listed Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in Gibbs-White.
He can offer Klopp an option for several years to come and has shown his attacking influence in the engine room. Blades hero Billy Sharp also waxed lyrical over what Gibbs-White displayed at Bramall Lane this season, and backed the Stafford-born star to go on and become a Premier League player.
“I think he will play in the Premier League,” Sharp said, via The Star, during March. “He’s got so much quality. I love playing with him; he creates a lot for me. He’s disappointed [after Boro] because he feels he should have had more goals. But his goal is incredible. I wouldn’t have been able to do that.”