Liverpool want Brereton, Man United also lurking

Nottingham Forest face a battle on their hands to keep hold of young striker Ben Brereton as Liverpool and Manchester United are keen on his services, according to The Daily Mirror.

What’s the word?

17-year-old Ben Brereton catapulted onto the scene this weekend with a dramatic injury-time winner against Aston Villa and Liverpool are keen to land the teenage striker, having seen a £2.5m bid rejected late last month.

The Reds are not prepared to give up their chase for the Championship hot-shot and Forest face a test to keep hold of the young asset, who is also attracting interest from Manchester United. Having lost Oliver Burke to RB Leipzeig last summer, Forest are keen to fend off interest.

However, with Forest 13 points off the play-offs and not showing any suggesting of pushing for a return to the top-flight, a switch to the Premier League could be appealing for the youngster.

Where should he play?

At Nottingham Forest, Ben Brereton can continue to earn further playing opportunities to develop himself further. However, the lure of two of the Premier League’s biggest clubs could be too much to turn down. If he did move, Liverpool would certainly be the best fit.

Whilst Manchester United historically see themselves as a haven for young talent, that’s certainly not the case these days with Jose Mourinho and the fact Brereton is a striker makes it even more difficult to see him earn opportunities- as the Red Devils already boast Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.

Liverpool, meanwhile, only really have Divock Origi on the cards as an out-and-out striker in the senior team, with Daniel Sturridge still injured, and 16-year-old Ben Woodburn is highly-rated but not quite ready to become a regular in the first-team fold.