Nottingham Forest are set to try and raid Derby County for defender Lee Buchanan during the January transfer window, according to The Sun.
The Reds saw three bids rejected for the Mansfield-born star during the summer.
Now, with Derby’s situation pretty perilous financially, the Rams could be forced into doing business with their fierce rivals.
Buchanan is valued at £2 million but Forest are hoping to take advantage of Derby’s fragile circumstances.
The report claims that a bid of £1.5 million will be made to try and test the resolve of the administrators currently overseeing the day-to-day running of the club.
Forest are in dire need of a left-back. Max Lowe and Jordi Osei-Tutu are injured, whilst Gaetan Bong simply isn’t good enough.
Jack Colback has been forced into playing there on several occasions this season but he’s hardly a natural option to play there.
Forest have traditionally struggled with the left-back spot.
Signing Buchanan would give the club a long-term option and one that is proven in the Championship.
The challenge will be getting Derby to sell. The Athletic claims that several clubs have asked about the defender and been told that he’s not for sale.
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Derby’s academy graduate has been missing for the last five matches with a knock but it’s clear that he has a certain degree of talent.
Despite his tender years, he’s made 60 appearances for Derby having previously starred for the under-23s in the Premier League 2 campaign.
Buchanan has two England under-21 caps and fits the bill of a modern-day full-back. He is quick, gets forward well and boasts a beauty of a left-foot.
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Forest will seek some new players in January and a left-back would be ideal.
Derby’s ‘not for sale’ line is admirable. The longer the sale of the club drags on, however, the more they could be left with little choice but to sell Buchanan to Forest.