By Danny Wright
Nottingham Forest are bracing themselves to receive a second bid from Burnley for striker Britt Assombalonga, according to a report.
The Mirror claims that the Clarets are not put off by the Reds’ initial rejection after an offer of £8million was quickly rebuffed on Tuesday.
It is understood that Forest have named an asking price of at least £11million for the 24-year-old, as that would represent double the fee they paid for him in his switch from Peterborough three years ago.
Since then, Assombalonga has proved to be a key player at the City Ground, with his goal last season arguably helping Nottingham Forest avoid a regrettable relegation to League One.
He scored 14 times in 32 league games last season, and that form has clearly attracted the attention of Burnley, who are understood to be on the lookout for a potential replacement to Andre Gray as he is eyed up by West Ham.
The Mirror reports that the Hammers are willing to splash £15million on Gray – and that deal could prove pivotal in Forest’s hopes of keeping Assombalonga.
Football Insider Verdict
Tuesday’s reports appear to highlight the opening of a summer transfer saga as Forest aim to keep hold of their main man. Assombalonga is too good to be playing towards the bottom of the Championship, but Reds fans will be hoping that won’t be the case next season under Mark Warburton’s leadership. Burnley’s bids also seem to be the beginning of a transfer triangle. West Ham’s desperation for a striker could have an unfortunate knock-on effect in the East Midlands so their pursuit of Gray should be monitored closely by the Nottingham Forest hierarchy. £11million would be a fair fee to receive for the Reds, but they should definitely try to hold out for a bit more.
In other Nottingham Forest news, fans have reacted hilariously on Twitter to the Reds’ latest transfer activity.