Nottingham Forest winger Joe Lolley has been consistently linked with Aston Villa already during this summer window. According to The Daily Mail, Aston Villa are readying a £10m bid for Lolley.
However, The Sun on Sunday (via HITC) claims Nottingham Forest want £15m for their prized asset. They do not want to let Lolley leave on the cheap.
But it seems that Nottingham Forest have made a contingency plan in case Lolley joins his boyhood club Aston Villa this summer.
According to the print edition of the Belfast Telegraph (shown by Sunday Life Sport on Twitter), Oxford United star Gavin Whyte is a Forest target.
The Northern Ireland international is a direct winger with an eye for goal, making him a like-for-like Lolley replacement. And the Reds want him for £2m this summer.
Although the report does not state that he is a replacement for Lolley, it could end up this way. If Aston Villa meet Forest’s asking price, Martin O’Neill needs to find a new goalscoring winger.
Whyte struck nine goals and seven assists for Oxford last season in an impressive debut campaign in England. The 23-year-old is still young and has plenty of potential.
Nottingham Forest could be lining Whyte up to ensure they have enough cover out wide if Aston Villa do complete their Lolley signing.