Wigan chairman makes Gavin Massey claim amid Nottingham Forest links

Martin O'Neill manager of Nottingham Forest looks on during the Sky Bet Championship between Birmingham City and Nottingham Forest at St Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium on February 02,...

Nottingham Forest are reportedly interested in signing winger Gavin Massey from Championship strugglers Wigan Athletic.

Gavin Massey of Wigan Athletic scores a goal to make it 0-2 during the Sky Bet Championship match between Stoke City and Wigan Athletic at Bet365 Stadium on August 22, 2018 in Stoke on...

Wigan Athletic’s executive chairman Darren Royle has admitted they want to keep Gavin Massey at the club amid links with Nottingham Forest and Queens Park Rangers, while speaking to Wigan Today.

The 26-year-old winger has been a bright spark in a difficult season for the Latics, scoring three Championship goals for Paul Cook’s relegation threatened side.

 

But, with his contract expiring in July, speculation has raged about Massey’s future with the Daily Mail reporting that Nottingham Forest and QPR are keen to snap the former Watford youngster up on a free.

However, Wigan will not let one of their key players, albeit one who has struggled with injuries this season, go without a fight.

Speaking to Wigan Today, Royle has confirmed that keeping Massey at the DW Stadium is a top priority.

Ryan Bertrand of Southampton and Gavin Massey of Wigan Athletic battle for the ball during The Emirates FA Cup Quarter Final match between Wigan Athletic and Southampton at DW Stadium on...

“(Gavin) is obviously a great guy, someone we greatly value and want to keep at the club,” Royle said while adding that Wigan are hopeful of tying down influential play-maker Nick Powell, too.

Fortunately for the Latics, the Mail added that Massey would be keen to stay if they can avoid an immediate return to League One.

But with nothing agreed just yet, do not expect Forest or QPR to give up so easily.

Will Grigg (L) of Wigan Athletic celebrates scoring the opening goal with Gavin Massey (C) and Reece James of Wigan Athletic during the The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between AFC...

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