Brereton swapped the City Ground for Ewood Park in a loan switch which had been billed as having a January clause, giving Tony Mowbray’s side the opportunity to sign him for £7m when the window opens.
Rovers CEO Steve Waggott has revealed they are still looking to ensure his move is made permanent in the New Year. He outlined the size of the commitment from the club, and their intentions towards the 19-year old going forward.
“It was a big commitment from the club,” he told the Lancashire Telegraph.
“He was a player that Tony (Mowbray), Mark Venus, and the recruitment department, which we are investing heavily in as we should do to turn that department upside down and give major funding to, identified Ben as one of the best young talents out there.”
Brereton has England Under 19 and Under 20 honours and wasn’t short of suitors in the transfer window.
“It was a matter of whether we could get him in among other clubs who wanted him. With the tweaking of the window, it had to be a loan deal, but we are looking in January to make that permanent.”
He has since made four Championship appearances for Rovers, all as a sub, as well as starting in the EFL Cup defeat against Bournemouth.
Brereton has an exciting future with the right management and as his Forest career looked to be stalling, this appeared to be a good move.
He hasn’t had a lot of football, but Waggott’s assertion that he’ll be signed permanently in January will give the player peace of mind that he won’t be left in limbo.