Nottingham Forest are set to test the resolve of Derby County with another bid for Lee Buchanan this month. According to The Athletic, the Reds are undeterred in their attempts to land the sought-after left-back.
Forest saw three bids for Buchanan rejected during the summer. Now, the Reds are keen to take advantage of administrators being in place at Derby and lodge another formal bid.
The Rams performer has been utilised 15 times in the Championship this season. He hasn’t played, however, since appearing to injure his knee against Bournemouth in November.
In total, Buchanan has made 60 appearances for the Rams first-team, scoring once and claiming three assists.
He’s not really considered a regular in the team at Pride Park and at 20-years-old he could be a sound investment for the future at Forest.
Steve Cooper currently has Max Lowe as his first-choice left-back, although the loanee is currently nursing an injury to his groin.
Jack Colback has slotted in with Lowe injured but Forest have missed his tenacity in the midfield engine room during that period.
Forest also have Gaetan Bong at the club but he’s hardly considered a regular and will probably leave when his contract expires in the summer.
Class: Buchanan would useful addition to Forest ranks
Forest can secure a really good addition to their squad for the future if they can lure Buchanan to the City Ground this month.
The Mansfield-born player has also been linked with Celtic and he looks almost certain to leave the club this month.
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Back in the summer, Derby didn’t really want to do business with the Reds. With administrators still in place, however, they could be left with no choice.
Forest have struggled to fill their left-back void for several years. As a result, adding Buchanan is a no-brainer and could see Forest in good hands for the foreseeable in a problem area.