Blackburn Rovers have returned with an increased bid for Nottingham Forests striker Ben Brereton, according to Lancashire Telegraph journalist Rich Sharpe.
On Ben Brereton. #Rovers had a bid in excess of £5m rejected last week, so would be surprised (from a Forest point of view) if any subsequent loan deal includes an option to buy at £6m.
— Rich Sharpe (@richsharpe89) August 15, 2018
The Deadline Day 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 on Deadline Day. However, they surprised everyone when it was revealed by Nottingham Live that Rovers lodged a hefty £5m bid for striker Ben Brereton
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.
Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka told NottinghamLive on Sunday that they were reluctant to let their latest young star leave the City Ground:
“No, we are not in a rush to sell him. I like the player, I like his character and he has a bright future in front of him,”
“I have him in the squad and that is the main thing for me. He played last season and he was an important part of the team last season. This season, with his age, he will still have his games here.
“The club knows that I know how good Ben is.
“So let us see. I am happy with him. He played last season. We have Lewis (Grabban) and Daryl (Murphy) now, but he can be the third choice, he can be the first choice or he can be the second, let us see.
“If something does happen, it will (have to) be something good for him and something good for the club.”
However, Forest could look to let Brereton leave on loan. The loan window remains open until the end of August, and a deal could be done with Blackburn Rovers lurking:
“I do not know about sending him out on loan. We need to keep calm, we need to organise again and think about things. We have more than two weeks of the loan window left.”
Forest’s valuation of Brereton is likely to be well above Blackburn’s price range. After a £6m bid has been rejected, Rovers are unlikely to be able to spend much more money on just one player. If manager Tony Mowbray wants to bring in Ben Brereton, it is likely they will have to pursue a loan deal.