Steve Cooper makes out of favour Tottenham defender Joe Rodon and Wolves attacker Morgan Gibbs-White his two key targets as he hopes to link up with both again for Nottingham Forest’s Premier League return
- Steve Cooper has made Joe Rodon and Morgan Gibbs-White his two key targets
- Cooper wants to improve his Nottingham Forest squad for their top-flight return
- Wales centre-back Rodon has struggled for regular game-time at Tottenham
- Gibbs-White will return to Wolves after a good loan spell with Sheffield United
Steve Cooper has made Joe Rodon and Morgan Gibbs-White two key targets as he prepares Nottingham Forest for their Premier League return.
The Forest boss has worked with both players – Rodon at Swansea, Gibbs-White while in charge of England’s 2017 World Cup-winning Under-17 team – and regards them highly.
He also had Gibbs-White, the Wolves attacker, on loan at Swansea for the first half of the 2020-21 campaign.
Steve Cooper has made Joe Rodon (pictured) a key summer target for Nottingham Forest
Cooper also wants to improve his squad with Morgan Gibbs-White for their top-flight return
Wales centre-back Rodon joined Tottenham from Swansea for about £11million nearly two years ago but he has struggled to nail down a regular place, making 22 Premier League appearances in that time.
Gibbs-White will return to Wolves for pre-season after a successful loan spell with Sheffield United last term, when he claimed 13 goals and nine assists in 38 games.
Yet it remains to be seen whether the 22-year-old is a part of boss Bruno Lage’s plans after he was allowed to spend the last campaign at Bramall Lane.
The Forest boss has worked with both players in his previous roles and regards them highly
If Gibbs-White did move to the City Ground, it would be a matter of weeks after his missed penalty ensured they reached the Championship play-off final.
Gibbs-White missed the decisive kick in the shoot-out after Forest’s semi-final against his Sheffield United side ended all square in May.
Meanwhile, Forest hope to agree a £17.5m deal for Union Berlin forward Taiwo Awoniyi.
They also retain an interest in defenders Nicolas Tagliafico, of Ajax, and Mainz’s £13m-rated Moussa Niakhate.
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