Nottingham Forest are preparing a £2m bid for Oxford United’s Northern Ireland international forward Gavin Whyte according to a report in the Belfast Telegraph.
Whyte has won four caps for Michael O’Neill’s national side and has been impressive for Karl Robinson’s men this season scoring nine goals and contributing three assists since his summer move from Crusaders.
Belfast-born Whyte enjoyed great success with Crusaders, winning three league titles and scoring forty-three goals in one hundred and thirty-two appearances for the club.
He moved to Oxford on a three-year deal in July 2018 and made an impressive impact in his first season in English football, making thirty-six league appearances for the U’s.
It was reported Oxford fought off interest from several clubs last year to sign Whtye but now look like they have a fight on their hands to hang on to one of their better players in a mostly disappointing campaign just ended.
The twenty-three-year-old is pacy and versatile, being able to operate across the frontline and the report suggests Forest are believed to be preparing a £2m bid for the frontman.
An excellent move for Whyte and Oxford the report is accurate.
Whyte is a rising star, and a move to the Championship could see him develop into a top player.
For Oxford United fans, many will be pleasantly surprised at the £2m valuation and know it will help rebuild the squad and give Robinson the money he needs to build a team capable of challenging at the right end of the table next season.