Nottingham Forest tried desperately to sign Derby County star Lee Buchanan last summer. Yesterday, following the Rams’ relegation, Forest now have a golden chance to get their man.

Derby’s takeover is still up in the air. Wayne Rooney spoke about rebuilding the club yesterday, but ultimately until the new owner is in place the club can only dream of rising from the ashes.

The Rams were relegated in dramatic – and somewhat comical – style. When they fell behind at QPR with two minutes left to play they were still safe by virtue of Reading losing to Swansea.

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A Tom McIntyre goal in the fifth minute of injury time confirmed the misery though. The Leasing.com Stadium went into pandemonium and the Derby tears began to flow in West London.

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Derby started to unravel at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium in the 85th minute. It was at that point that Rooney made the bizarre call to remove left-back Buchanan.

Three minutes later, Luke Amos scored a later winner to leave Derby needing snookers in their quest to survive. That call to withdraw Buchanan might give Rooney nightmares.

The 21-year-old is out of contract in the summer. He looks likely to play in the final three games of the season but with the takeover not completed, the club might be unable to offer him a new deal.

Forest could secure bargain Buchanan deal

It’s clear that Dane Murphy is a big fan of the Derby full-back. He tried on three separate occasions to land him during last summer but the Rams stood firm.

Now, they might be so fortunate, with Forest waiting to pounce for the youngster. Steve Cooper is likely to target younger players again and Buchanan ticks lots of boxes.

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The talented left wing-back has made 31 appearances this season. He has largely been Rooney’s first choice in that position and has proved an important member of the team.

Forest will have an urgent requirement for a left-back during the summer and now all roads lead to Derby to pinch Buchanan from the Rams.

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