Nottingham Forest could expose Leeds' mistake by signing Gavin Whyte

Marcelo Bielsa manager of Leeds Utd during the Sky Bet Championship Play off Semi Final 1st leg match between Derby County and Leeds United at the Pride Park, Derby on Saturday 11th May...

Nottingham Forest reportedly want to bring Oxford United's Gavin Whyte to the Championship, one year after a Leeds United deal allegedly collapsed.

Gavin Whyte of Northern Ireland during the international friendly football match between Northern Ireland and Israel at Windsor Park on September 11, 2018 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

There was perhaps one downside to Marcelo Bielsa’s arrival at Elland Road last summer.

When the Argentine was appointed in remarkable scenes in May 2018, Leeds United suddenly backed out of a potential deal for the highly-rated Crusaders forward Gavin Whyte (Sky Sports).

 

The reigning Ulster Player of the Year, Whyte scored 21 goals from the wing in his final season for Crusaders and he looked like a hugely promising addition. The arrival of Bielsa, who came in with his own targets in mind, appeared to change the course of the deal however and Whyte moved to Oxford United instead a few weeks later.

And while Leeds fans might have forgotten all about this one-that-got-away, Whyte has just been brought back into focus.

Gavin Whyte of Oxford United celebrates at full time with the match ball after scoring a hat trick during the Sky Bet League One match between Shrewsbury Town and Oxford United at New...

According to Belfast Telegraph (2 June, back page) Nottingham Forest are set to make a £2 million bid for the now-23-year-old, just one year after he joined Oxford for £100,000. Whyte certainly impressed in his debut season at the Kassam, netting nine times in all competitions.

Joining a Championship rival and starring in Forest red; there are few better ways for Whyte to show Leeds what they are missing.

Gavin Whyte of Northern Ireland kicks the ball during the international friendly football match between Northern Ireland and Israel at Windsor Park on September 11, 2018 in Belfast,...

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