With this summer’s transfer window set to close next week, the race continues for clubs to make additions to their squad. In many cases, however, this time of year also leaves clubs fearing the prospect of losing one of their star players when bigger names come calling, especially when there is little time to replace them.
Reports in the Daily Mirror on Monday suggest Nottingham Forest will do well to hold onto star player Oliver Burke, who has enjoyed a fantastic start to the new Championship season.
Burke scored twice in Saturday’s win over Wigan Athletic in a 4-3 thriller. Already a Scotland international, the 19-year-old has attracted the interest of Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal and will be challenged for his signature by both Sunderland and West Ham United where the chance of more regular first team football week in week out may be a more realistic possibility.
Nottingham Forest manager Philippe Montanier will not want to lose his key man, yet a move to a bigger side may give the Frenchman the opportunity to get his player immediately back to the City Ground on loan and continue his development while knowing his future path.
However, for now, he insists Burke is going nowhere. Speaking to BBC Nottingham, Montanier said: “His future is at Nottingham Forest and Oliver knows that.”
— BBC Nottingham Sport (@BBCRNS) August 20, 2016
The midfielder has two years left on his current contract and has just been called up to the Scotland squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers by manager Gordan Strachan.
Damien McEvoy, Pundit Arena
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