Nottingham Forest could be handed a January blow over their pursuit of Sheffield United striker Rhian Brewster.

Eurosport claim that Slavisa Jokanovic’s departure from Bramall Lane could hand the youngster a reprieve.

Paul Heckingbottom has now taken charge of the team and he handed Brewster a start in Sunday’s win over Bristol City.

The 21-year-old repaid that faith by netting the opening goal in a 2-0 win and he could now be handed a chance.

That is bad news for Forest who had been hoping to sign the England under-21 youngster on loan.

Steve Cooper knows all about Brewster having picked him for the England under-17 World Cup-winning team and also signing him at Swansea.

Forest Brewster
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During his time at the Liberty Stadium during the second half of the 2019/20 campaign, he fired 11 goals in 22 appearances as the Swans reached the play-offs.

Now, Heckingbottom looks set to give him a lifeline and that could mean it’s back to the drawing board for Forest.

The Reds will likely seek another striker in the near future. Although Lewis Grabban is scoring goals, he is 33 and a younger talisman will be sought.

Lyle Taylor is the current option from the bench but with three goals this season, Cooper will be hoping for better.

Forest will have a contingency plan after Brewster setback

The club’s new CEO Dane Murphy knows what he is doing. With that in mind, he and Cooper will have a list of players to seek in the January window.

Brewster would be a great signing on loan for the Reds and it’s clear that he simply needs some confidence restored to his game.

Forest Brewster
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It now looks as though he will get a run of games at the Blades and that should lead to him scoring lots of goals for the club.

For Forest, it’s now a case of heading back to the drawing board ahead of the January transfer window.

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