Nottingham Post reporter Paul Taylor has revealed the club turned down an approach for Ben Brereton from an unnamed Premier League side on deadline day earlier this month.
Reports in the media have indicated that Blackburn Rovers are the keenest to sign the teenager, but it seems there have been offers from the top flight as well. In his webchat today, Taylor said:
“Forest are also understood to have turned down the advances of a Premier League club, in and around deadline day, who were willing to pay up to £10m for the player”
Apparently, there is a price that we would consider selling Brereton for:
“If Blackburn are willing to pay up to £14m for the player, that is the kind of figure that is going to get Forest thinking very seriously.”
It means that if Rovers are to make their move for the 19-year-old before August 31st they will have to almost double their reported previous offer of £8m.
£14m is a lot, and I think most supporters would let the striker leave if we do get a figure close to that amount. To be honest with you, I don’t think we’ll get a bid from another Championship team at that level, so it does seem likely that Ben will be staying.
From now until January, however, anything could happen. He could even break back into Aitor Karanka’s first-team plans, particularly if Lewis Grabban doesn’t improve after an unconvincing start to life at the club.