Sky Sports News reported on Saturday that Blackburn Rovers are close to signing Ben Brereton on loan ahead of a permanent £6m move in January.
Football Insider journalist Pete O’Rourke followed that up today by saying the 19-year-old is undergoing a medical with the Lancashire club today after having already “agreed personal terms.”
A lot of fans on Twitter don’t believe it is a good deal for the club:
Terrible decision from forest
— Nez (@nezlad1) August 27, 2018
Very strange decision, hope they have a good sell on rate.
— mark swift (@markswift1) August 27, 2018
Stupid deal. And then I bet Karanka signs an over priced non scoring donkey like Gestede to replace him. It’s all going to end in tears.. #nffc
— The Pitts (@bendypitts) August 27, 2018
This is a really really bad move from @NFFC, not impressed with Karanka on this at all
— Jonathan (@Jonathan_Clegg8) August 27, 2018
such a bad move after such good business in the summer. what AK and the board are thinking is beyond belief. Such a good talent… absolute shambles forest #nffc
— Patrick O’Kane (@sportingpat) August 27, 2018
Yes, he is also only a kid and been playing in a poor side with little creativity. Very poor decision by forest
— Jared Stone (@jaredstone69) August 27, 2018
Others are hoping that there are substantial add-ons included in the deal:
6m up front, there will definitely be add ons, probably get those next year, probably at least 4m, as we rejected 10m from a prem side couple days before window ended #nffc
— ????????????⚪???? (@Bvsnffcsg01) August 27, 2018
Not entirely sure we should be getting rid at this stage, bit of a gamble but up till now he hasn’t started to live up to potential obviously alot of time for that to change but I don’t think we are in a position to wait. The add ons must be pretty hefty for such a small fee.
— Conor Quinn (@ConorQuinn_2) August 27, 2018
Considering there was talk of the club demanding up to £14m for the teenager only on Friday, the reports that we have agreed to sell for only £6m comes as quite a shock.
We may live to regret this decision in the future if Brereton lives up to his potential. Understandably, the club have to balance the books after the transfer spending this summer, but I don’t know if you can justify selling a promising young striker like our no.17.