Nottingham Forest are interested in a deal to bring Flynn Downes to The City Ground this summer.
That’s according to a report by Football Insider, who claim that Forest have joined a host of Championship sides in the race to sign the Ipswich Town central midfielder in the summer transfer window, with Paul Cook believed to have told the 22-year-old he is free to leave Portman Road ahead of next season.
The report continues by stating that the former England U20 international handed in a transfer request 12 months ago after the Tractor Boys turned down a number of bids from Crystal Palace for his services, and it now appears he has been granted his wish of an exit from the League One side.
It is then claimed that Forest have contacted Ipswich in order to register their interest in a move for the midfielder this summer, suggesting that a bid could be made by Chris Hughton’s side in the not too distant future.
Considering the sheer amount of potential Downes appears to possess, the fact that Nottingham Forest have confirmed their interest in the 22-year-old is something that should leave fans of the club buzzing.
Indeed, over his 24 League One appearances for Paul Cook’s side last season, the £810k-rated defensively minded midfielder made an average of 1.4 interceptions, 2.4 tackles and won 5.6 duels per game.
These returns saw the man Matt Holland dubbed an “outstanding” player earn a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 6.98, ranking him as Town’s joint-seventh best performer in the third tier of English football – tied with Andre Dozzell, who recently secured a move to Forest’s Championship rivals Queens Park Rangers.
As such, it would indeed appear that a move for Downes would be a fantastic deal to get over the line for Forest this summer, not only as Hughton could use a few more options in the middle of the park ahead of next season, but also as the £2.3k-per-week man appears to possess the talent to potentially go on and develop into something of a star at The City Ground.