Nottingham Forest are preparing to make a new bid for Blackpool midfielder Josh Bowler, according to The Sun (16/01; page 60).

The winger is on the radar of the Reds. Steve Cooper is desperate to bolster his attacking ranks before the window closes at the end of the month.

Bowler is enjoying a decent campaign at Bloomfield Road. He has scored two goals and claimed three assists from his 29 appearances in all competitions.

The 22-year-old boasts an impressive work rate. He was extremely busy earlier in the season as Forest beat Blackpool 2-1 at the City Ground.

Forest Bowler
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Clearly, his performance that day lives long in the memory of Cooper. He’s keen to tie up a deal that will see Bowler join his ranks at Forest.

The talented youngster only signed for the Tangerines in the summer. He was picked up by Neil Critchley on a free transfer after being released by Everton.

Last season he spent time on loan with Hull. There, he proved himself as a decent EFL player and he’s grown under the influence of regular football at Blackpool.

Forest would certainly welcome another forward. Lewis Grabban played out of position yesterday with Philip Zinckernagel in need of a rest.

Alex Mighten and Joe Lolley are both injured and it’s uncertain when both players will be back in contention for a place.

Exciting: Bowler would be ideal signing for Forest

The Reds have several irons in the fire when it comes to targeting an attacking player. Bowler is one of them and he’d represent an exciting option.

Forest Bowler
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At Blackpool, he’s growing with each game and Forest now hope to snare him. With injuries stacking up, Cooper definitely need to do something ahead of the final 20 matches of the season.

Bowler could be just the man to ignite a late push towards the play-offs. As a result, the Reds must do whatever it takes to land the player this month.

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