Forest boss Aitor Karanka must sign Nelson Oliveira to replace Ben Brereton

The Nottingham Post recently reported that Norwich striker Nelson Oliveira is on Nottingham Forest’s potential list of replacements for youngster Ben Brereton.

What’s the story?

Championship rivals Blackburn announced the signing of Brereton on Tuesday. The England U19 international joined Tony Mowbray’s side on an initial loan deal that can be made permanent in January for around £7m, according to the BBC.

Brereton came through the youth sides at Nottingham Forest and despite being just 19 years of age he made 57 first team appearances, scoring nine goals and providing seven assists.

However, Forest manager Aitor Karanka spent over £20m this summer, including the £6m capture of 30-year-old striker Lewis Grabban from Bournemouth. Brereton clearly felt that a move away from the City Ground was necessary to get sufficient game time for his development.

Adding a replacement

Although Brereton was yet to make an appearance so far this season, the Nottingham Post reports that Karanka is keen to sign at least one replacement striker.

Portuguese striker Oliveira, who spent the 2015/16 season on loan with Forest from Benfica, is one of the options according to the Post.

The 27-year-old has made 70 appearances for Norwich since his move in the summer of 2016, scoring 20 goals in the process, but is yet to make an appearance for the Canaries this season.

Oliveira, who is valued at £4.5m by Transfermarkt, could be a fantastic signing for Forest this season as an alternative option to Grabban upfront.