Motherwell chief executive Alan Burrows has claimed that the Scottish Premiership club are in talks to sign Nottingham Forest star Gboly Ariyibi for a second time this summer.
Ariyibi, 24, joined Motherwell on loan in the January window and clocked up 18 appearances for Stephen Robinson’s side – scoring two goals against Celtic and Dundee as well as laying on five assists.
The four-time United States Under-23 international boasts enormous speed and trickery as well as an eye for goal, but he has little chance of breaking into Nottingham Forest’s side this summer.
Since joining Forest in January 2017, he has failed to play for his parent club and instead being loaned to MK Dons, Northampton Town and Motherwell. Burrows replied to a fan, stating Motherwell are keen to re-sign Ariyibi.
We’d love to bring him back for sure. We’re in constant contact with Notts Forest about trying to see if we can work something out. There are various nuances that don’t make it simple, but we’ll be as patient as we can be.
— Alan Burrows (@Alan_Burrows) June 13, 2019
Ariyibi has no future at the City Ground, even if Forest manage to keep a hold of star player Joe Lolley. With just 12 months remaining on his contract, Ariyibi needs game time to show interested parties what he is about.
Staying at Forest and fighting for his place is not enough. He needs to leave on loan again or strike a permanent deal elsewhere in order to further his development, and Motherwell is certainly a good home for the ex-Leeds star.