The Sun journalist Alan Nixon is reporting that Blackburn Rovers have offered to pay £8m for Ben Brereton.
The 19-year-old hasn’t even made it on to the bench this season, but he is a very promising young player. Rovers, however, are keen to take him off our hands with an initial loan ahead of a permanent switch in January.
Fans on Twitter mostly want Brereton to stay:
If we sell Ben Brereton come back to bite us big time. #NFFC
— ???? (@NFFC170) 19 August 2018
This is guesswork re Brereton, but wonder if he’s sulking at not playing and that’s why we’re considering selling? Listening to Matty Cash’s interview yesterday was telling #NFFC (1/2)
— Woof Zip Criminal (@fritzromanov) 19 August 2018
Why are we selling Brereton when he plays for England and has had interest from premier league clubs probably willing to spend more money? #nffc
— tom (@CasualCarvalho) 19 August 2018
I can’t for life of me understand why Karanka is considering selling Brereton we needed his energy yesterday as sounds like Grabben is off pace bit at mo, Murphy will only get handful of goals this season & we can’t rely on Soudani every game. #madness #nffc
— peter clarke (@hairyfairy79) 19 August 2018
Selling Brereton now is a ridiculous decision. Even if he doesn’t really pan out he’ll still be worth similar. If he does then quadruple it. Cannot see the reasoning here. #NFFC
— Big Spending Forest Fan (@AzorAhai1865) 19 August 2018
We'll live to regret selling Ben Brereton. Potential through the roof #NFFC
— Chris Goodacre (@chrisgoodacre_) 19 August 2018
Don’t let brereton go ffs , only if we have someone lined up , can’t have donkey Murphy as back up all season ????#nffc
— matty hendy (@matthendy93) 19 August 2018
Others think we should sell up:
Brereton’s is obviously going to go if the add ons are sorted (sensible inclusion). Selling for £8m + add ons is an incredible deal for a player nowhere first team. Forest will just buy bigger if promoted. He’s a commodity worth selling #nffc
— Terry Norman (@tjnnorman) 19 August 2018
#nffc I expect Worrall and Brereton to be sold if I'm honest with massive sell on clauses plus decent money up front.
Fingers crossed we get some top signings in on loan. Got a feeling our business isn't done and I think we need a few more. Especially a striker if we do sell Ben
— James Cummings (@87yearofthewolf) 19 August 2018
£8m is a tempting amount for a player who is currently third in the pecking order. However, things could change very quickly this campaign. Lewis Grabban hasn’t gotten off to the best of starts, and with his only other competition coming from Daryl Murphy, Brereton could still re-establish himself in the first team.
Much will depend on Aitor Karanka. The manager rates the striker, but clearly not enough to start the 19-year-old. There is a feeling that we could regret letting the player leave if he does realise his potential, and I would probably favour keeping him.