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Rumour Mongering: Reds Battle Manchester United for Nottingham Striker

Liverpool and United both rate Nottingham Forrest’s Ben Brereton one of the best young strikers in England.

Despite early reports that Liverpool would look to strengthen their attack in January, so far the most likely deal to be done appears to be for a promising 19-year-old centre half, with Coventry’s Cian Harries currently on trial with the U23s and a potential fee agreed should he impress.

Now, a second talented youngster is being heavily linked, Nottingham Forrest’s Ben Brereton, a 17-year-old striker who has been in good form with that side’s U23s this season and reportedly impressed Jürgen Klopp when he faced off against Liverpool in the FA Youth Cup last year.

With Manchester United widely reported to be mulling a seven-figure bid for Brereton this month, Liverpool are now considering moving for him as well in order to beat their regional rivals to a player they rate as one of the best young talents in the country.

Such has been Brereton’s form for Nottingham’s U23 side this season, where he has scored 15 goals in 20 appearances, that there has been talk of him making the jump to the first team for the Championship side. He recently signed a new deal with the club.

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