Nottingham Forest may not have seen the last of the name ‘Bohinen’, with former favourite Lars talking up his son for a future career in England.

Back in 1993, the Reds launched a raid on the ranks of Swiss side Young Boys.

A Norwegian playmaker was brought onto their books, with little known of the new boy at the time.

It did not take long for cries of “BOHINEN” to ring around the City Ground.

A hidden gem had been unearthed for just £450,000.

Forest needed a shot of inspiration after slipping out of the Premier League, and found it in spades.

Stan Collymore was the undoubted star of the show, but he had quite the supporting cast around him.

Bohinen formed part of that, with it quickly becoming apparent that he was a mercurial talent to be reckoned with.

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He helped the Reds back into the big time, before then securing a third-place finish among the elite.

A departure for Blackburn was made in rather acrimonious circumstances, while three years would later be spent with Derby.

Time is a wonderful healer, though, and the Forest faithful have been prepared to forgive and forget.

Memories of Bohinen scoring straight from a corner or lashing home against Tottenham and Sheffield Wednesday burn as bright as ever.

And the man himself has made no secret of the fact that his allegiances in England most definitely lie on Trentside.

Which is why he is keen to see son Emil follow in his footsteps.

The 20-year-old midfielder is currently on the books of Stabeak, but is a Norway U21 international and has attracted admiring glances from afar.

Could his career path eventually lead him to Nottingham?

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Bohinen senior would like to think so.

Lars has told Steve Corry of the Chad: “I was hoping to bring him to Forest at some point actually, I think he can manage the standard (Championship). Like me, maybe the Premier League isn’t the first place to go but we will see.”

The first Bohinen to grace the Trentside turf admits that he needed easing into English football before tackling the top tier.

He added on life under European Cup winner Clark: “We had a good team spirit under Frank, and the victories improved this even more. When Bryan Roy arrived things really came together!

“He had to rest me from time to time given that I’d had no break since leaving Young Boys. I disagreed but in retrospect, it was a clever thing to do. He spent time with me, made sure I settled properly, and this really gave me confidence.

“Frank was a bit old school, not always on the training ground, Liam O’Kane took a lot of the sessions, but Frank would return two or three days prior to matches to ensure the quality was right.”

Sabri Lamouchi is now looking to follow Clark’s lead by taking Forest back to the Premier League.

It may be that another Bohinen joins the party at some stage; which would deliver another healthy dose of nostalgia to those who witnessed the transfer gamble first time around.

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