EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke

Nottingham Forest striker Ben Brereton will make his loan move to Blackburn Rovers permanent on January 1st in a £6million deal, Football Insider sources understands.

Brereton joined Blackburn initially on loan in August with a view to a permanent deal and the Reds have agreed that permanent move will become active as soon as the transfer window reopens in January.

The 19-year-old’s loan move to Blackburn came as something of a shock as Brereton was highly-rated at Forest having impressed in the first-team after coming through the ranks at the City Ground.

Brereton has made 14 appearances in all competitions for Blackburn since his arrival, but has yet to start a Championship game for Tony Mowbray’s side.

Despite his lack of starts Brereton has helped provide three assists for Blackburn, but has yet to find the net for his new club.

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Forest boss Aitor Karanka is happy to let Brereton leave on a permanent basis and he could use the £6million from Brereton’s sale to help fund his own transfer plans in the January transfer window.

In other Nottingham Forest transfer news, a senior duo at the club are set to quit after the green light from Aitor Karanka.