Could Liverpool's reported signing of Dominic Solanke end their interest in Nottingham Forest's Ben Brereton?

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Liverpool had been heavily linked with the Nottingham Forest forward, but by signing Solanke from Chelsea, that could now end.

Elliott Ward of Blackburn Rovers in action with Ben Brereton of Nottingham ForestElliott Ward of Blackburn Rovers in action with Ben Brereton of Nottingham Forest

There will be many Nottingham Forest fans who won't give the news that Liverpool have signed Chelsea forward Dominic Solanke a second thought, however it could be a lot more important than perhaps realised.

Back in March, it was reported by The Sun that Liverpool were weighing up a £10m bid for Forest forward Ben Brereton, then aged just 17, with the idea that Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp wanted to bring Brereton straight into the first team fold at Anfield.

Nottingham Forest’s Ben Brereton in action with Rotherham United’s Richie Smallwood and Rotherham United’s Richard Wood (C)Nottingham Forest’s Ben Brereton in action with Rotherham United’s Richie Smallwood and Rotherham United’s Richard Wood (C)

However, with reports in the The Guardian that they are about to sign Solanke, Liverpool have now signed a young, English striker - arguably with a lot more pedigree than Brereton - and at a significantly cheaper fee, with it being said that Liverpool will have to pay between £2m and £3m for the 19-year-old's services.

If this is the case, then Forest fans will be delighted that they can hopefully keep their star prospect at the club a little longer, with the 18-year-old making serious impressions in his debut season for the Reds, scoring three goals and claiming three assists in 18 appearances.

Nottingham Forest's Stephen Henderson celebrates his sides second goal scored by Ben Brereton (not pictured)Nottingham Forest's Stephen Henderson celebrates his sides second goal scored by Ben Brereton (not pictured)

Throw in the fact Brereton made five appearances from the bench and was later shunted out on the right wing - where he continued to impress - and you can see why Forest fans are so desperate to keep him, as he has serious potential to grow and become a future star for both club and country.

With former owner Fawaz Al Hasawi, Forest regularly sold their younger prospects - often without the manager knowing - but now he's gone and been replaced by Evangelos Marinakis, and with Liverpool signing Solanke, it's very possible that - finally - they could be keeping one of their prize youth graduates longer than initially hoped. 

Nottingham Forest's Ben Brereton in action with Derby's Marcus OlssonNottingham Forest's Ben Brereton in action with Derby's Marcus Olsson

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