Nottingham Post reporter Paul Taylor has clarified the “option” that Blackburn Rovers have on signing Ben Brereton in January.
The 19-year-old has moved to Ewood Park on loan until January, but they have a purchase clause which makes the deal permanent for £7m.
The journalist explains there’s no option for Forest to opt against selling the player, and he will definitely be a Rovers player in six months time:
To be clear… Brereton will make the move permanent in January. It’s not an option #nffc can opt out of. But there are numerous future clauses involved that could work in their favour, if he is a success at Ewood Park.
— Paul Taylor (@nottmtails) 28 August 2018
To be honest, I was very disappointed that the deal was finalised. It wasn’t so much that he was let go, but the fee involved seemed to be on the low side.
As Taylor mentions, there are a number of add-on clauses, but there was talk last week of getting £12m to £14m for the striker. Now, it’s clear we’ll get nowhere that amount.
Considering, he is a very promising young player, it does feel like a short-sighted sale, and it will only increase pressure on Aitor Karanka if the season doesn’t pick up after a slow start.