Nottingham Forest are looking into the possibility of bringing Ben Brereton Diaz back to the City Ground, according to The Mirror. The Reds are in the market for a new striker this month and appear to have identified the Forest academy graduate.
Blackburn are in a perilous position with their main talisman. He’s out of contract during the summer and are valuing him at £15 million, despite the fact he’s got just six months remaining on his deal.
Brereton Diaz has grown as a footballer during his time at Ewood Park. He took some time to get going but last season he bagged himself 22 goals and was one of the top goalscorers in the Championship.
Now, he looks destined for the Premier League and Forest want him back. The Reds sold him to Rovers for £7 million in 2019 and some fans called that a mistake at the time.
This season, Brereton Diaz has continued his fine form. He’s scored 10 goals and claimed four assists, with Blackburn firmly in the mix to challenge for automatic promotion.
Losing the 23-year-old would be catastrophic to Jon Dahl Tomasson. He will be desperate to hold out and keep Brereton Diaz but he would then be available for free in the summer.
Forest looking at Brereton Diaz
This looks very much like a Steve Cooper signing. He is young, extremely talented and under the wing of the Forest head coach he could really take his career to the next level.
As he’s never played in the Premier League there would be some element of him needing to prove himself. He has played 17 times at international level for Chile though and bagged himself four goals.
Forest are in need of a striker. Taiwo Awoniyi is the club’s top goalscorer with five goals but he needs some help. Emmanuel Dennis and Sam Surridge have both been linked with moves away from the club.
It looks as though Forest are now going to make a move for their former striker. Tony Mowbray called him ‘extraordinary’ during his time in charge of Blackburn and the Reds would hope he could fire the club to safety.