Nottingham Forest fans rejoiced last night as it appeared that Derby County were edging closer to League One and that could open a Lee Buchanan-sized door for Forest.
We don’t mean to laugh. No football fan should go through what their fans have done and Mel Morris has a lot to answer for.
That said, they didn’t really give much sympathy when the Reds spent three years in the third tier, so here we are.
The Telegraph is claiming that Derby are close to accepting a further 12-point deduction with three suspended for two years.
That would see nine come off and leave the Rams on -3 points and 18 adrift of safety after 17 Championship fixtures.
League One football would be all but confirmed and Derby can look forward to Burton Albion being their local clash.
The Rams had hoped to appeal their 12 point deduction for entering administration, although it looks as though that has now been dropped.
Even if Derby do get taken over in the coming months, it won’t wipe their debt immediately and things could get worse before they get better.
This is where Forest might be able to take advantage.
During the summer, Dane Murphy tried desperately to land talented left-back Lee Buchanan.
Morris, not wanting to upset Derby fans anymore, stood firm and refused to sell to Forest (The Athletic).
In January, the landscape could look very different.
Forest should steal in for Derby talent Buchanan
The 20-year-old will be out of contract during the summer and that could force Derby’s arm in January.
Even if a new owner is in place by then, funds will still need to be raised if Wayne Rooney is to add anyone to his squad.
That could mean the Rams offloading some players, with Buchanan likely to attract plenty of interest.
Celtic were also thought to be keen in the summer but the Mansfield-born gem may fancy a move along the A52.
Despite his tender years, Buchanan has made 59 appearances for the Rams, including nine starts this season.
Forest have traditionally struggled to find a left-back and in fairness, Max Lowe is currently playing well on loan from Sheffield United.
Having a player like Buchanan to come in and potentially fill the void on a long-term basis would be ideal though.
He probably wouldn’t cost a fortune and perhaps Murphy now has the perfect chance to grab his man from Derby.