Nottingham Forest in huge transfer blow as Alex Moreno rejects £9m move from Real Betis after eleventh-hour snub


NOTTINGHAM FOREST have failed to nail a £9million move for Real Betis defender Alex Moreno.

The La Liga side actually accepted Forest’s bid over the weekend.

But the 29-year-old has performed an 11th hour U-turn as he decided to stay put.

Moreno, who has been on Forest manager Steve Cooper’s radar all summer, was expected in Nottingham for a club medical this week.

But in a message posted on his social media, Moreno told relieved Betis fans: “Hi Beticos and Beticas [Betis supporters].

“I appreciate the importance of the offer I’ve received but after reviewing it, Betis and I have decided to continue our journey together,” Moreno said.

“I wanted to share this message with you all and say that Real Betis will continue being my home this season.

“The club and myself received a proposal from another club and I am grateful for the important offer I have received.

“But after evaluating it, both Real Betis and I decided to continue walking together.

“The affection from the fans, the sports project and the confidence they have shown me from all levels has led me to put my commitment to Betis. 

“I want to continue growing with Betis and all my effort will be aimed at doing my best to make this season unforgettable again.”

Meanwhile, Forest have not given up on Morgan Gibbs-White.

But they have been told it would take ‘silly money,’ to tempt Wolves into selling the forward, who has impressed manager Bruno Lage in pre-season.

Forest’s latest bid is thought to have been £25m with a further £17m in add-ons.

Gibbs-White started Wolves’ opening day defeat to Leeds.

And his midfield position is likely to be unaffected by the £27.5m capture of Valencia attacker Goncalo Guedes.

Everton also tried for sign Gibbs-White this month.

But they have now managed to complete a shock loan deal for Wolves captain Conor Coady.

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