Nottingham Forest are among the clubs chasing Ipswich Town midfielder Flynn Downes. According to Football Insider, the Reds have joined a plethora of clubs in the race for his signature.
Middlesbrough, Bristol City and Stoke are also in the mix. Bournemouth have been previously linked with a move for the 22-year-old too.
Downes has just a single year to run on his current contract. As a result, Ipswich are willing to try and offload him during the summer transfer window.
During 2020/21 he made 25 appearances in all competitions for the Tractor Boys. He failed to register a goal contribution and largely does a defensive duty.
As a result, it does seem a somewhat strange signing for the Reds to make. Both Ryan Yates and Cafu are capable of performing the defensive midfield duties and attacking midfielders are sought.
Downes is talented though and in total, he’s made 99 appearances for Ipswich having risen through the youth ranks.
Forest are yet to complete a summer signing. Boss Chris Hughton has been linked with a host of transfers, although some targets are now hooked up elsewhere.
With the season set to start in just over three weeks, the Reds incumbent will hope to see some movement before the big kick-off.
Downes to Forest: Player fits the profile of a player Reds should look at
Forest have been linked with lots of talented youngsters this summer and that should excite supporters.
One criticism thrown at Forest previously has been the age of players signed. Many have been added to the ranks towards the end of their careers and on decent contracts.
Downes would represent a solid addition to the ranks, although there a case that perhaps another defence-minded midfielder isn’t required.
At 22 he should improve in the coming years and for a small fee, he might be worth the punt ahead of the new campaign.