Nottingham Forest must hijack any potential Rangers move to sign Kieran Dowell

According to reports in The Mirror earlier this week, Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is targeting a January loan move for out-of-favour Everton attacking midfielder Kieran Dowell, and Nottingham Forest should look to hijack any potential deal.

What’s the word, then?

Well, The Mirror report that despite making the Glasgow giants serious Scottish Premiership title contenders this season, the Liverpool legend is still not completely satisfied with his squad and is still keen to add new faces during the upcoming transfer window.

One of the areas in particular that the 38-year-old feels needs addressing is in the final third, and in particular the position behind prolific striker Alfredo Morelos.

Dowell would have been hopeful that he would get some regular first-team minutes under new Toffees boss Marco Silva this term, but it hasn’t been the case as he is yet to play a single minute of Premier League football having been an unused substitute on three occasions, with his two appearances coming in the Carabao Cup.

Why should Forest re-sign him?

The 21-year-old may not have got too much game time during the current campaign, but the Championship high-flyers and their manager Aitor Karanka will still be well aware of the England U21 international’s ability following his successful season-long loan spell at the City Ground last term.

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According to Transfermarkt, the attack-minded player scored 10 goals and provided a further five assists in 43 appearances in all competitions, and those sorts of numbers would not go amiss in the second-half of what is looking likely to be a campaign where Forest are serious promotion contenders.

While the likes of Joao Carvalho and Joe Lolley are making a real difference for Karanka’s men right now, it would certainly do no harm to have Dowell as an option as well.