Blackburn Rovers lodged an unexpected late bid for Nottingham Forest striker Ben Brereton, but had their £5m offer knocked back by Forest, according to Nottinghamshire Live.

The offer came to the surprise of many, as it seemed that Blackburn Rovers were done for the window after they had a £4m bid for Queens Park Rangers playmaker Luke Freeman knocked back earlier today. However, they surprised everyone when it was revealed they lodged a hefty £5m bid for Nottingham Forest striker.

It was an optimistic bid from Rovers to say the least. Nottingham Forest rate Brereton very highly, and the youngster has great potential to do something special with his time at the City Ground, despite the fact he hasn’t featured in Forest’s first two games of the season.

The signing of Lewis Grabban earlier in the summer will have knocked Brereton down in the pecking order, and Irishman Daryl Murphy started ahead of him against Bristol City.

Brereton did spend part of pre-season away with the England U19s in France for the UEFA European Championships this summer, so this could be a reason for his exclusion, as the Forest squad is one with lots of new players and Brereton has spent less time with his new team mates in comparison to Grabban and Murphy.

The deal was always unlikely, given the youngster’s potential and how highly regarded he is at Forest. A higher bid might have tempted Forest, and Brereton could’ve been drawn in with the promise of more game time. However, the offer came too late in the day for it to materialise into anything more than a hopeful bid.

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