Nottingham Forest should reignite interest in Derby County player following recent updates: Opinion | OneFootball
Nottingham Forest should reignite interest in Derby County player following recent updates: Opinion
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Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper will hope that signing a replacement for Max Lowe isn’t something he has to consider in January but if he does, then bringing in a player that has experience as the 24-year-old’s successor would make sense.
When Lowe left Derby County to join Sheffield United in 2020, it was young defender Lee Buchanan that stepped up to fill the void and things may fall into place to allow him to do the same at Forest.
We know the Reds are keen on the left-back, having had multiple bids rejected in the summer, and with his contract set to expire in the summer, Derby may be open to cashing in on him in the upcoming window.
Buchanan has proven himself a quality defender at Championship level and his England U21 caps are further proof that he looks set for a bright future in the game.
Losing the defender to their fierce East Midlands rivals is far from ideal but it may allow them to keep hold of the likes of Jason Knight and Max Bird, who are attracting interest from Premier League clubs but on longer contracts at Pride Park.
With that in mind, reigniting their interest in the 20-year-old looks a smart long-term move from the Reds whether or not Lowe departs in the upcoming window but the position will be a priority should the Blades recall him.
Paul Heckingbottom has now taken charge at Bramall Lane and there have been suggestions that could mean that the defender is recalled to the Yorkshire club next month.
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Forest don’t have to look far for a replacement as there is a left-back about 16 miles down Brian Clough Way that fits the bill.
Given everything going on at Pride Park right now, it seems a no-brainer for Cooper and co. to try and get a deal done for Buchanan in January.