Nottingham Forest have made a bid of £2 million to try and snare Lee Buchanan from fierce rivals Derby County.
According to The Sun on Sunday (25/07; page 62), the Reds are undeterred in their efforts to prise the left-back down the A50.
Buchanan has recently emerged as a surprise target for the Reds who are in desperate need of reinforcements at full-back.
Gaetan Bong came back into the fold for yesterday’s draw with Crewe and it’s fair to say he didn’t cover himself in glory.
Buchanan has played for the England under-21 outfit and is a very exciting, young prospect.
Chris Hughton has now identified the Derby man as a player who can improve his squad. Last season, the 20-year-old was a mainstay in the Rams team as they avoided relegation on the final day of the campaign.
Buchanan was born in Mansfield and has risen through the ranks at Derby. Wayne Rooney has utilised him in the first-team on a frequent basis, calling him ‘fantastic’ on one occasion.
Buchanan leaving for Forest would be a massive blow for Derby. With their finances in a perilous situation though, they could be forced into selling some players this summer.
The Reds clearly fancy taking advantage of that situation and seem hell-bent on adding Buchanan to the ranks ahead of the new season.
The £2 million bid that has been made is half being offered upfront, with the other half being paid in add-ons at a later date.
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The Reds need a left-back as a matter of urgency. Going into the new campaign with Bong as their only left-back could be an absolute catastrophe.
Buchanan is young and will only continue to improve as the years advance. At 20 he has his whole career ahead of him and Forest could secure him in preparation for his best years.
Buchanan is clearly a talented player and adding him to the ranks would be a decent piece of business.
It remains to be seen whether Forest’s latest bid will be accepted, but Forest should remain in the mix to sign him regardless.