Nottingham Forest are keen on signing Rhian Brewster during the January transfer window. According to the Sunday Mirror (24.10; page 64), Cooper is keen to reunite with the Sheffield United striker.

The Reds head coach will naturally try and put his own mark on the squad at the midway point of the season. By then he will have a good idea of who does and who doesn’t feature in his long-term plans.

Brewster has been in poor form for the Blades. He has found the net just once in 38 appearances, despite costing the club a whopping £23 million from Liverpool.

A chance to link up with Cooper again might be just what Brewster needs though. His spell at Swansea was superb, with the youngster scoring 11 goals in 22 appearances.

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At 21, the former England youth striker needs to rediscover his mojo. Good goalscorers don’t automatically become bad ones and Brewster just needs some TLC.

Cooper has previously raved about the youngster. He told Wales Online in January 2020: “It was a really good finish by Rhian; he was fantastic.

“It was a little power run in behind and the quick finish. It will not do him any harm, it will build his confidence and he will realise he will have to make those runs and the opportunities for players to pass him the ball.”

Cooper and Brewster could be a Forest match made in heaven

Brewster is still exceptionally gifted and although his Bramall Lane switch has been a disaster, he is still a strong goalscorer.

With Lewis Grabban and Lyle Taylor both in their thirties, a new, younger striker will undoubtedly be sought in the near future.

Cooper has a proven track record of nurturing young players and Brewster has played his best football under the Reds incumbent.

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Signing him won’t come easily though. He earns £41,000-a-week at Sheffield United, whilst they also want to recoup a sizeable sum for him.

As a result, a loan looks more viable and it’ll be interesting to see if the Blades are willing to potentially strengthen a Championship rival.

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