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Nottingham Forest target Tottenham’s Joe Rodon and Wolves’ Morgan Gibbs-White

Steve Cooper is winning favor with Tottenham defender Joe Rodon and Wolves forward Morgan Gibbs-White as his two main targets as he hopes to team up with both again for Nottingham Forest’s return to the Premier League

  • Steve Cooper has made Joe Rodon and Morgan Gibbs-White his two main targets
  • Cooper wants to improve his Nottingham Forest squad for their return to the highest level
  • Wales central defender Rodon struggles with regular time at Tottenham
  • Gibbs-White returns to Wolves after good loan spell at Sheffield United

Steve Cooper has made Joe Rodon and Morgan Gibbs-White two major goals as he prepares Nottingham Forest for their return to the Premier League.

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 has great appreciation for them.

He also had Gibbs-White, the Wolves forward, on loan from Swansea for the first half of the 2020-21 season.

Steve Cooper has made Joe Rodon (pictured) a key summer goal for Nottingham Forest

Steve Cooper has made Joe Rodon (pictured) a key summer goal for Nottingham Forest

Cooper also wants to improve his team with Morgan Gibbs-White for their return to the highest level

Cooper also wants to improve his team with Morgan Gibbs-White for their return to the highest level

Wales centre-back Rodon joined Tottenham from Swansea almost two years ago for around £11million, but he has struggled to secure a regular spot and has made 22 Premier League appearances in that time.

Gibbs-White returns to Wolves for the pre-season preparation after a successful loan spell with Sheffield United last season, when he claimed 13 goals and nine assists in 38 games.

Still, it remains to be seen whether the 22-year-old is part of boss Bruno Lage’s plans after he was allowed to spend the last campaign at Bramall Lane.

The Boss has worked with both players in his previous roles and appreciates them very much

The Boss has worked with both players in his previous roles and appreciates them very much

If Gibbs-White were to move to the City Ground, it would be a matter of weeks after his missed penalty saw them reach 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 came to an end in May.

Meanwhile, Forest hopes to negotiate a £17.5m deal for Union Berlin forward Taiwo Awoniyi.

They also maintain interest in Ajax’s Nicolas Tagliafico and Mainz’s Moussa Niakhate, who are rated £13million.

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