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Nottingham Forest prepare £2.5m bid for Josh Bowler

Nottingham Forest have already made 16 signings this summer but they are showing no signs of slowing down in the remaining days of the transfer window, with the club set to reignite their interest in a player.

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According to journalist Alan Nixon on Patreon (via Nottingham Forest News), the newly-promoted club are preparing a £2.5m bid for Blackpool winger Josh Bowler.

As per the report, Bowler is a player Nottingham Forest have held a long-term interest in and they could now be making a move for the player, who is currently in the last year of his contract, to complete their new-look Premier League side.

Cooper could land his next Johnson

Steve Cooper has added a large number of new players to the squad at The City Ground but one player who has remained and maintained his spot since the club levelled up to Premier League football this summer is Brennan Johnson.

Born and bred in Nottingham, Johnson became one of the rising stars of the Forest academy but went on loan to Lincoln City to hone his craft back in 2020/21 where he scored 14 goals and delivered 13 assists before returning to his boyhood club in the summer of 2021.

Former manager Chris Hughton instantly deployed the 21-year-old into his Championship team but struggled to get results and was sacked in late September, with Cooper taking the reigns at The City Ground to turn not only Forest into a Premier League team but Johnson into a top-flight goal-scorer.

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As a result, Marinakis could now land Cooper his next Johnson with the signing of Blackpool’s wing wizard Bowler after the 23-year-old displayed his outstanding talent and potential in the Championship.

Over 42 appearances last season, Bowler scored seven goals, delivered three assists and created seven big chances, while taking 1.7 shots and successfully completing 2.5 dribbles per game.

This season so far, just like Johnson, Blackpool’s number 11 has already picked up his first goal of the campaign and has had 1.8 shots on target per game, proving that he is a reliable goal threat that could now continue his development in the Premier League under Cooper’s wing.

The English forward who was dubbed “magic” by journalist Sean McGinley has not had his ability and talent go unnoticed with Forest turning their attentions to Bowler, and Blackpool manager Neil Critchley has addressed the potential move:

“Wingers who score goals and get assists and the things Josh can do will attract attention.

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“I don’t see any other wingers in the Championship doing what Josh can do, so he’s a prized asset for us. If there are people watching him, then great because he’s doing something right.”

With that being said, if the Tricky Trees can land a deal for Bowler it could well be a great piece of business, as it would give Cooper another EFL prodigy to develop into a Premier League starter, just like Johnson.

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