Nottingham Forest have entered the race to sign former striker Ben Brereton Diaz, according to TEAMtalk. Brighton, Southampton, Leeds and Wolves are also thought to be keen on his services this summer.
Brereton Diaz looks almost certain to leave Blackburn Rovers. The talisman scored 22 goals during 2021/22 and that has made him a wanted man in the eyes of several Premier League clubs.
The Chile international has become a star in the making since leaving the City Ground. Born in Stoke-on-Trent, the striker departed in 2019 for a fee in the region of £7 million.
Brereton Diaz wasn’t exactly a roaring success during his first spell on Trentside. He was extremely raw and scored just nine goals in 57 appearances for the Reds.
That said, he was pretty raw back then and was often deployed out wide as Forest chopped and changed managers at a pretty frantic rate.
Forest won promotion to the Premier League on Sunday. That will see them target a different calibre of player this summer as they aim to push on next season.
Sevilla were keen to do a £20 million deal for Brereton Diaz. Now, however, the reports claim that Rovers want slightly more for their prized asset.
Blackburn are well within their rights to command a decent fee for their striker. His 22-goal haul last season saw him come of age and he’s now a regular with the Chile national setup.
Forest enter race to sign Brereton Diaz and he could do a job
Although going all guns blazing and spending in excess of £20 million comes with a degree of risk, this is the sort of player that would be beneficial.
At 23 he has bags of time to continue his development. As a result, he’d carry significant sell-on value and could still improve in the future.
He was impressive last season in the Championship. Indeed, it looks like the player has finally started showcasing exactly what Gary Brazil knew he was capable of all along.
Brereton Diaz would provide a different option to the Forest attack and if the price is right the Reds could certainly do a lot worse.