Nottingham Forest tried desperately to sign Josh Bowler last month and now Blackpool boss Neil Critchley has been praising his winger.

The youngster has kicked on since choosing not to leave the Tangerines and now Leicester City are keen to sign the player.

Bournemouth were in the mix with Forest to sign the player in January and they’re also still keen on signing the 22-year-old.

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Bowler has bagged five goals during his last seven games and naturally, he will remain a wanted man going into the summer.

Blackpool have an option to extend the youngster’s contract by a year and they’ll almost certainly choose to activate that.

All that will do, however, is ensure the Tangerines retain their valuation of their player and it seems likely that he will move to a bigger club.

Critchley is pretty relaxed about his player and the ongoing interest from several interested parties.

He told The Gazette: “Wingers who score goals and get assists and the things Josh can do will attract attention.

“I don’t see any other wingers in the Championship doing what Josh can do, so he’s a prized asset for us.

“If there are people watching him, then great because he’s doing something right.

“Josh wasn’t at his best on Saturday but he’s always a threat and that’s why I’m always reluctant to bring him off the pitch.”

Forest now face uphill task to sign Bowler

With Premier League clubs now monitoring the situation, Forest’s hopes of landing the youngster are perhaps dwindling.

With Leicester and Bournemouth both looking very likely to be in the Premier League next season, they will both provide attractive propositions.

Having spent much of his career not playing, however, the Reds might hold the aces when it comes to game time.

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He’d likely play in every game for the Reds and after his exploits this season, playing matches will be paramount in the player’s mind.

These comments from Critchley won’t come as a surprise to Forest fans, with many wanting him snapped up in January.

It will now be intriguing to see where he ends up next season.

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