Nottingham Forest have submitted a second transfer bid as they begin a two-way battle with Celtic to sign Derby County defender Lee Buchanan.
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Buchanan, 20, has been a regular feature in Wayne Rooney‘s squad over the last 12 months as the Rams narrowly fought off relegation to League One.
The left-back made 37 appearances in all competitions for Rooney’s side and was named Young Player of the Season.
Nottingham Forest have now had two transfer bids for Lee Buchanan rejected, as per Alan Nixon of The Sun.
Forest. New and improved bid for Lee Buchanan. Derby said no. Latest package definitely better … but not yet enough.
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) July 27, 2021
A source close to the player told Last Word on Football that the Reds’ initial offer of under £1 million was well under Derby County’s asking price.
It is understood that the Rams are holding out for in excess of £2-3 million for the 20-year-old full-back.
DerbyshireLive claim that Rooney is desperate to retain his players and the former Manchester United and England international views his full-backs as key players for the upcoming season.
Reiterating his transfer stance, he said on Saturday: “None of my players are going anywhere.
“Obviously, we haven’t got enough players as it is.
“The way we are trying to play, they are the two most important players on the pitch, so none of my players will be leaving the club this transfer window unless it is to benefit them, whether it is a loan, but that can only happen if we are allowed to bring players in.”
Forest face competition in signing Buchanan with Celtic interested in signing the defender.
According to the Daily Record, the Scottish giants are keen on Derby duo Buchanan and right-back Nathan Byrne.