Nottingham Forest wanted Josh Bowler during the January transfer window and yesterday he was in the thick of the action for Blackpool.

The Reds couldn’t get a deal to sign the 22-year-old over the line but they did try – and fail – with several bids.

Bowler is one of the Championship’s top-performing wingers. He is growing at the Tangerines having been plucked by Neil Critchley on a free transfer.

Yesterday, Bournemouth were the visitors to Bloomfield Road. The Cherries are firmly in the hunt for automatic promotion but they nearly came unstuck on their travels.

Bowler scored a stunning Goal of the Season contender which left Cherries goalkeeper Mark Travers all ends up.

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His scorching left-footed effort bent around the outstretched arm of the stopper and smashed into the top corner of the net.

Bournemouth are made of stern stuff, however. Goals in the final five minutes from Jamal Lowe and Siriki Dembele ensured the Cherries stayed in the mix for a top-two finish.

It was Bowler’s goal that caught the eye though. He’s now really kicked on and the Blackpool star could remain on the Forest radar this summer.

Forest must move heaven and earth to sign Bowler

Bournemouth were also in the mix to sign Bowler during the January transfer window too. Here, he offered them a reminder of his quality and they’ll surely return in the summer too.

The Cherries could be a Premier League club then, however, and they may go for better quality players if they return to the top-flight.

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Forest have to get themselves in pole position to sign Bowler. At 22 he has bags of potential and after this season, he’ll have a full season playing to a decent level in the Championship.

Bowler ticks all the boxes when it comes to Forest’s recruitment policy and Steve Cooper must move heaven and earth to bring him to Forest. s

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