Nottingham Forest were linked with a move for Derby County star Lee Buchanan during the summer transfer window. On Saturday, the left-back endured a rotten performance as the Rams were thrashed 4-1 at Middlesbrough.

Keeping it tight would have been the order of the day for Wayne Rooney’s men. Facing Boro was always going to be an emotionally charged affair given that Steve Gibson has been responsible for holding up a potential Derby takeover.

Derby didn’t stand firm for long though. Just nine minutes were on the clock when Buchanan got himself all mixed up in his own penalty box; turning a teasing cross by Isiah Jones beyond his own goalkeeper to open the scoring.

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Dane Murphy tried desperately to get Buchanan to Forest during the summer. Several bids were knocked back, with the Reds eventually switching their focus towards Max Lowe on loan from Sheffield United instead.

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The 20-year-old is rated highly by Forest’s chief executive. Ultimately, the bids made by Forest proved too low but it seems as though he will remain on the radar ahead of the summer.

Buchanan is out of contract in the summer and given Derby’s current situation, getting him to stay might not be straightforward.

Focus: Forest should tread carefully over Buchanan

Naturally, it would be quite amusing should Forest land Buchanan in the future. He’s got bags of potential and was last season named as Derby’s Young Player of the Year.

But, whoever comes in at left-back needs to improve the current squad. Lowe has played so well this season, that Buchanan would have to seriously go some in order to prove a success.

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At 20, he does have bags of time to keep improving. The Reds might see him as a player they can work with and develop into a top player during the next few years.

That does seem like a risk though and Forest might feel they can attract a better option than Buchanan when the summer window opens.

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