Nottingham Forest look set to miss out on Blackpool winger Josh Bowler, according to The Telegraph journalist John Percy.

The Reds had hoped to get a deal over the line for the 22-year-old, with Bournemouth also in the running for his signature.

Bowler has been in decent form for the Tangerines this summer and scored in a 1-1 draw against Fulham on Saturday.

The youngster has been a target of Forest’s all month but they’ve fallen short in their attempts to land him.

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Bowler joined the club in the summer. He signed on a free transfer after being released by Everton without playing a first-team game.

Will Unwin of The Guardian has claimed that it was Blackpool’s valuation that priced Forest out of a move for the youngster during the deadline day drama.

It does perhaps represent a step in the right direction. The Forest of old might have just parted with the cash, even if it meant paying over the odds.

Forest have Brennan Johnson and Philip Zinckernagel as their main wide options. They’re hardly bad players and Alex Mighten and Joe Lolley are also on their way back from injury.

Signing Bowler will have to wait until the summer from a Forest perspective.

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Not landing Bowler does take the gloss off an otherwise pretty steady transfer window. Nonetheless, the Forest squad does appear somewhat well-stocked in key areas now.

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Forest won’t pay over the odds for players these days. A more savvy approach is clearly in place behind the scenes and that is at least a good thing.

Bowler should remain on the radar though and the exciting talent should be a target during the summer transfer window.

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