Yesterday it was reported that Nottingham Forest were close to signing Dan Gosling from Bournemouth.

Within a few hours, the deal was off. Gosling, despite being down the Cherries pecking order, was keen to stay and fight for his place.

Just 24 hours on from the sort of fiasco that so often typifies the January transfer window, the 30-year-old could be regretting his decision.

Bournemouth have moved today to bolster their ranks with the signing of Preston North End star Ben Pearson.

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The ex-Manchester United trainee played 165 times for the Lilywhites and was a popular figure among supporters.

It would seem as though the 26-year-old will go straight into the Cherries team given that Bournemouth chose to sign him now rather than on a free in the summer.

Jason Tindall has also added Jack Wilshere to his ranks this month and Gosling now looks way down the pecking order.

The Forest-linked player has bags of experience having spent time with Newcastle and Everton earlier in his career.

He played 24 times for the Cherries in the Premier League last season and has featured 18 times during 2020/21.

Having started just seven games this season, his chances of further football this season now look increasingly slim.

What next for Forest?

Well, after Gosling’s surprising decision it’s a case of back to the drawing board for the Reds in their quest to add to the squad.

One thing that Forest absolutely don’t want during this window is to sign players who don’t want to be at the City Ground.

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Gosling, paid £35,000-a-week, can now be added to that list as it seems clear that the he’d have made the move to Forest if he really wanted to.

Time is running out for Hughton to strengthen his squad and it remains to be seen if any business will be done before Monday’s deadline.

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