Football reporter for The Telegraph Mike McGrath revealed last night that the Blackburn Rover’s striker is set to remain at his current club in the Championship after the asking price wasn’t met.
“Blackburn #Rovers striker Ben Brereton-Diaz likely to stay at club beyond the deadline as £20million asking price hasn’t been met (3hrs left of window). #FulhamFC and #EvertonFC bids of £12million. Set to consider pre-contract offers in January.”
There is no doubt that Frank Lampard will be disappointed not to have secured a deal for another forward this summer, especially after the side have failed to pick up a single win in the Premier League over their first five outings.
The Toffees let go of their Brazilian forward Richarlison this summer in a £60m move to Tottenham Hotspur, and despite signing Neal Maupay and Dwight McNeil to strengthen the forward line, the acquirement of Brereton Diaz would’ve given Everton some much needed depth to their goal threat.
In fact, the Chile international could’ve been the dream Richarlison heir for Lampard as his versatility in positioning across the front three would’ve been the perfect way to replace the former Everton attacker and his goal contributions in the team.
Brereton Diaz has been an impressive performer in his current side scoring 22 goals and delivering three assists over last season, and is showing no signs of slowing down as he has already scored three goals in seven appearances this season too.
Last season, Tony Mowbray lavished praise on the Rovers star, hailing Brereton Diaz as “extraordinary” and describing an almost carbon copy of Richarlison’s style of play in an interview with LancsLive:
“Brereton with the ball at his feet is an extraordinary talent.
“He’s a wonderful footballer who can dribble with both feet, take people out of the game.”
Lampard will now need to work with the squad that he has and will be hoping that Dominic Calvert-Lewin returns to action from his current fitness issues as soon as possible.