Nottingham Forest are showing interest in Barnsley playmaker Alex Mowatt ahead of a January move, according to The Athletic.
The ex-Leeds United man is currently in possession of the captain’s armband at Oakwell and has played 24 times this season.
A central midfielder who is capable of playing as a number 10, Mowatt has scored twice and registered seven assists this season.
The Tykes are struggling, however, and could offload Mowatt to help fund their own survival bid.
Forest boss Sabri Lamouchi is keen to bolster his ranks during this month. A striker will surely be an immediate requirement, although some midfield creativity wouldn’t go amiss.
Mowatt came through the ranks at Elland Road before joining Barnsley in 2017 for £600,000 (Yorkshire Evening Post)
He has spent time on loan at Oxford but is now a mainstay in the Tykes’ team and they won’t want to lose him this month.
Nottingham Forest News View – Mowatt signing might seem strange but he could be a nice fit
On the face of things, Forest pursuing a midfielder might seem odd.
Ryan Yates and Ben Watson can marshall the back four, whilst Alfa Semedo and Samba Sow can take care of box-to-box duties.
Throw into the mix Joao Carvalho and Tiago Silva for the number 10 role and Forest are well stocked.
Having too much creativity can never be a bad thing though. Mowatt is versatile and whilst creating chances is his thing, he isn’t completely against putting a challenge in.
The 24-year-old might just offer something a little bit different to the other Forest midfielders and he could still improve.
If Lamouchi sees this as an ideal signing then it’s one that Forest supporters should get behind.