It was reported here on The72 that Nottingham Forest were preparing a £2 million move for Oxford United star Gavin Whyte. Now, Oxford boss Karl Robinson has said that Forest will have to more than double that to be in with a chance of signing him.
Oxford United manager Karl Robinson has said that star man Gavin Whyte will set back any buying club “over £4 million” this summer, with interest from Nottingham Forest reportedly growing.
Whyte’s strong form for Oxford United has not gone unnoticed. The 23-year-old scored nine goals and laid on seven assists for the club over the course of the 2018/19 season. And with a long summer transfer window ahead of him, Robinson has moved quickly to slap a price tag on the head of the Northern Ireland international.
Speaking to the Oxford Mail, Robinson said:
“It’s going to cost over £4million for Gavin Whyte. That’s what it is. We’ve had nothing, so I’m not talking about any other club. I don’t want any other club to think I’m being disrespectful, but we have a value.”
Whyte only joined Oxford United last summer from Northern Irish side Crusaders, where he made his breakthrough into senior football. The winger made his debut for the club in the 20113/14 season and went on to be a fixture in the club’s first-team from that season on.
Overall, Whyte scored 44 goals and provided 18 assists for Crusaders in 134 games across all competitions, including an impressive 22 goal haul in the season prior to his move to Oxford. He has also made four appearances for the Northern Ireland national team, scoring his first goal for the nation against Israel last year.