Nottingham Forest didn’t land too many of their top transfer targets during the summer window.
An emerging situation in the Championship could help Forest land a cut-price bargain during January, however.
Interest from the Reds in Derby County star Lee Buchanan was rife. Forest were thought to have made three bids, with all three rejected by the Rams.
Mel Morris was adamant that although money was tight, the left-back wouldn’t be sold along the A52.
That decision is now out of Morris’ hands. With the Rams in administration, they will be listening to any offers for players in January, with HMRC and god knows who else awaiting unpaid funds.
Derby are in a mess. Wayne Rooney’s team sit rock bottom of the Championship, with -2 points following a deduction.
January could see the playing squad decimated given their situation. Players will surely leave and the Rams won’t be in a position to be too fussy with valuations.
Forest bids for Buchanan were all less than £2 million and it’s thought he was a primary target for the Reds.
The 20-year-old has been capped by the England under-21s twice and is thought to be out of contract in the summer.
Buchanan would be an ideal signing for Forest
Max Lowe is playing well right now on the left-hand side for the Reds, but he’s only on loan.
It does seem a possibility that Forest could make his deal permanent, although Buchanan arguably has more potential.
At just 20-years-old he has bags of time to continue his development and he fits nicely with the strategy which Steve Cooper and Dane Murphy want to impose on the club.
It sounds like a harsh thing to say but Forest have been given a real chance to land Buchanan given the situation at Derby.
Whilst it’s heartbreaking for Rams supporters, Forest need to get their own house in order.
Given that Buchanan will now almost certainly be available, the Reds would be foolish not to ramp up their interest when the window reopens.