Scouting expert: Frank Lampard pull could be key to Morgan Gibbs-White's Wolves future
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Wolves midfielder Morgan Gibbs-White’s future could be decided by how much Frank Lampard wants him, according to scouting expert Dave Azzopardi.
The attacking midfielder has been linked with a move away from Molineux this summer, with the Toffees having a bid worth around £25m rejected earlier in the window.
The Midlands club are said to want around £30m for their star academy product, but Azzopardi believes that playing under someone he grew up watching at the highest level could prove very tempting for 22-year-old Gibbs-White.
“I think it’s a fair price for his current situation,” he told The Football Wonderkids.
“He’s only got two years left on his contract right now and as of the time of us talking he doesn’t want to sign a new contract at Wolves.
“So it’s a difficult situation for Wolves to be in because do they keep him without him signing a new deal, or you know, £30m is still a good amount of money for someone who, lets be honest, hasn’t proven it in the Premier League yet.
“I think it’s a difficult one. I think it’s a good price personally. Right now I don’t think he’s worth more than that, but Wolves are obviously happy with him and want to keep him. So lets see what happens.
“I would say that the move to Everton would probably be a side step for Morgan. I don’t think Everton will offer him, bar a little bit of money, much more than what Wolves can offer him at the moment. Same for league position, I don’t think they’re a massive step up from Wolves.
“I think it may suit him if he went to a smaller team, because then he’d be more of a big fish in a small pond. So I think he would be better off staying at Wolves, but at the same time I think that’s one of the reasons he hasn’t signed a new deal yet because the club have let him down a number of times before. So he’s just keeping his options open right now.
“Yeah definitely [Lampard pull]. He’s 22 years of age, so when he was growing up watching football Lampard would have been scoring goals and winning Champions League titles.
“So I think that pull will definitely be there and at Everton as well, some of their senior members on the board were at Wolves before. They’ll all know Morgan and will have a relationship with him, so I think Everton are the most likely of the teams.
“They’ve probably got more money than the other teams too, so it’ll be interesting to see how it develops.”
In other Wolves news, Fabio Silva’s loan move was best for both parties according to Dave Azzopardi