Nottingham Forest striker Ben Brereton has left the club, joining Blackburn Rovers on loan. The deal could also be made permanent, with the two clubs agreeing on a £7 million fee payable in January.
The 19-year-old has not featured for Nottingham Forest this season after summer recruitment saw him pushed down the pecking order. The England youth international now appears to have played his last game for the club.
If this scenario had been pitched in 2017, it would have been laughed off.
At the time Brereton was being linked with a move away from Nottingham Forest, but in all due respect to Blackburn, to clubs of a current higher standing.
The teenager was reportedly the subject of an unsuccessful £2.5 million bid from Liverpool, with Manchester United and Arsenal also keen – according to the Mirror.
“Why would we want to sell him?
“We have similar players coming through the academy – we have invested money in the academy and (academy boss) Gary (Brazil) has done an amazing job, which is why we have good players coming through now.”
It forced the then Nottingham Forest chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi to come out and make it clear that Brereton was not for sale.
Since then, the young striker has struggled to find the net regularly, ownership has changed hands at the City Ground and new manager Aitor Karanka appears unconvinced.
It is certainly a rapid turnaround from a player wanted by Jurgen Klopp in January last year.