According to the Nottingham Post, Blackburn Rovers failed with a £5m deadline day bid for Nottingham Forest striker Ben Brereton, and Forest fans on Twitter were pleased that a deal for the youngster never materialised.
The 19-year-old came through Stoke City’s academy before being released and was snapped up by Forest, where he has gone on to make 57 appearances for the first team in the past two seasons. For a striker, his tally of just nine goals and seven assists in that time has hardly set the City Ground alight but his talent is clear to see.
On the international stage, Brereton has netted five goals in 18 appearances for England’s U19 side and was involved in the European U19 Championship winning side last summer. He is now valued at £4.5m by Transfermarkt but this will surely continue to rise.
Forest fans then were happy that the club didn’t offload the promising youngster on a permanent deal on deadline day. Check out the best reactions below.
Noises from the Blackburn end suggesting that #nffc gave Rovers the predictable (and correct) response when it came to their late bid for Ben Brereton. £5m nowhere near enough for a player of his potential.
— Paul Taylor (@nottmtails) August 9, 2018
People who would sell Brereton for 5 million have absolutely no understanding how the transfer market is nowadays. Inflation on players is through the roof, sold Lascelles for 8m, now wouldn’t get for 35m, kid is still young and had loads of potential #nffc
— Reiss Lane 🏴 (@ReissNFFC) August 9, 2018
Any fan complaining about not cashing in on Brereton and Worrall need to re-evaluate themselves! Both young academy players that are only going to get better and increase in value, if they were sold the club would be slated for lacking ambition! You can’t win #nffc
— NFFC_Tricky (@NFFCJosh1) August 9, 2018
Turns out that it was just Ben Brereton's left arm #BRFC were bidding £5m for. Have to sell a hell of a lot more chicken to afford the rest of a 19yo England youth international with a full season of Champ experience.
Funny the way installments in transfers work these days. #nffc
— DI Hatton #FBPE (@DIHatton) August 9, 2018
Really don't understand the negativity against Brereton, he was overplayed last season due to how poor our other strikers were, he's got huge potential, needs nurturing carefully, not sending to league one on loan to have lumps kicked out of him by football Neanderthals #nffc
— Gareth D (@GarethJD81) August 10, 2018
— Steve Gibson (@Gibbo8) August 9, 2018
Double it then double it again perhaps
— Joe Babos (@josephbabos) August 9, 2018
Surely we wouldn’t sell one of our best talents to championship rivals for 5 million be ridiculous Brereton class on his day and still only 19 be very stupid to sell him
— Daniel Campion (@NFFCDan) August 9, 2018
— Kyle (@dangahv) 9 August 2018