Report shares how Nottingham Forest reacted to Blackburn's £5million Ben Brereton bid

Aitor Karanka, Manager of Nottingham Forest looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and West Bromwich Albion at City Ground on August 7, 2018 in...

Blackburn Rovers reportedly made an ambitious deadline day bid to buy striker Ben Brereton from Championship competitors Nottingham Forest.

Ben Brereton (bottom) of Nottingham Forest celebrates scoring his team's third goal from the penalty spot with Matthew Cash (top) and Kieran Dowell (L) during The Emirates FA Cup Third...

Nottingham Forest signed proven Championship striker Lewis Grabban this summer while Daryl Murphy scored his first goal since November on the opening day of the 2018/19 campaign.

As a result, there has been suggestions that the talented Ben Brereton could find first-team opportunities difficult to come by under Aitor Karanka over the next few months. The latest exciting prospect to emerge from Forest’s prosperous academy hasn’t featured in either of their two Championship fixtures so far.

 

But that did not mean that Forest were willing to cash in on transfer deadline day. Far from it.

According to Sky Sports (live blog, 4.19pm) Blackburn Rovers made a last-gasp £5 million bid for 19-year-old Brereton and were awaiting a response from their East Midlands counterparts.

Arsenal's English midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles (L) controls the ball past Nottingham Forest's English striker Ben Brereton during the English FA Cup third round football match between...

But the Nottingham Post claim that Forest dismissed the bid out of hand with Brereton still very much highly-rated at the City Ground.

And the challenge now for the speedy striker is to push on after a rather underwhelming time last season.

The teenager, who was once released by Stoke City, scored just six goals in 33 Championship appearances in 2017/18 and has been criticised by some sections of the Nottingham Forest support who seem to believe that the hype is nothing more than hot air.

Ben Brereton of Nottingham Forest scores his team's third goal from the penalty spot during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Nottingham Forest and Arsenal at City Ground on...

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