According to Alan Nixon of The Sun, Nottingham Forest has made another effort to sign Derby County left-back Lee Buchanan (Print Edition 15/08; page 63).
The Reds lost their second successive game in the Championship, losing 2-1 to Bournemouth at the City Ground yesterday.
Forest boss Chris Hughton spoke afterwards about a need to add new players, with Buchanan thought to be back on the radar.
Wayne Rooney won’t welcome this news. He watched his side surrender a one-goal lead to lose 2-1 to Peterborough in stoppage time yesterday.
The Rams are under a soft transfer embargo and signing players at the moment is proving extremely problematic.
Forest are undeterred in their efforts to land the England under-21 star though. The new bid is thought to be in the region of £1.35 million with add-ons to take it up to £2 million.
Forest face Derby in a little under two weeks and this transfer speculation looks set to run until the end of the window.
Buchanan burst onto the Pride Park scene last season, becoming a mainstay in Rooney’s team.
He will be stunned at Forest returning for another bid to rob him of one of his top players before the window closes.
The circumstances at Pride Park won’t help his case to keep him and it’ll be interesting to see whether the Rams will do business with their fierce rivals.
Buchanan ideal but Forest move seems unlikely
It does seem as though Derby will continue to decline Forest’s advances. Losing a better player at a time when strengthening is tough would be seriously damaging.
With that in mind, the Reds might be forced into looking at other options. It’s fair to say a left-back is urgently required, however, and the situation needs addressing.
Buchanan would be a big signing for the club, but it would be a massive shock if Forest tempted Derby into a sale to their rivals.