By Danny Wright
Nottingham Forest have wasted no time in rejecting a bid from Premier League club Burnley for striker Britt Assombalonga, according to a reliable journalist.
Paul Taylor of the Nottingham Post claimed on his personal Twitter account on Tuesday that the East Midlands outfit had “already” rejected an offer from the Clarets for their key man.
Told Burnley's bid for Britt Assombalonga has already been rejected… #nffc
— Paul Taylor (@nottmtails) July 4, 2017
This came after Sky Sports reporter Rob Dorsett reported on his personal Twitter account just an hour earlier that the Lancashire club had tabled an £8million offer for the 24-year-old, while adding that Forest were “not keen to sell”.
— Rob Dorsett (@RobDorsettSky) July 4, 2017
Both reports come after Forest legend Kenny Burns incredibly claimed that Assombalonga could be worth as much as £50million in the future, despite him never playing at a level higher than the one he is currently at in Mark Warburton’s side.
Assombalonga was one of few players to be in top form for the Reds last season as they almost suffered an embarrassing relegation to League One.
He scored 14 goals in 32 league appearances for the East Midlands outfit despite enduring several spells on the sidelines through injury.
Sean Dyche could be on the look-out for a new striker after the Burnley Express reported that the Clarets were bracing themselves to lose Andre Gray after Everton stepped up their interest in him.
Football Insider Verdict
Out of all the players at the City Ground, one that simply has to stay is Assombalonga. The Reds could lose anyone else, but their absence won’t be felt half as much as the ex-Peteborough man’s if he was to go. £8million isn’t a terrible amount of the Reds to have garnered for the 24-year-old, but they could definitely hold out for a lot more if teams begin to get desperate towards the end of the transfer window. Jason Cummings could lead the line for Warburton next season, but he is unproven in England football and should ideally be playing alongside, or as back-up, to a star like Assombalonga.
In other Nottingham Forest news, the Reds have missed out on one of their top summer targets.