Nottingham Forest were heavily linked with a move for Blackpool winger Josh Bowler during the January transfer window.

The Gazette claimed that Forest had actually won the race ahead of Bournemouth to sign the left-sided player on transfer deadline day.

Bowler decided to stay at Bloomfield Road and he’s really kicked on since the window closed in January.

Now, it seems as though Forest might have missed their chance to sign a player who is extremely highly rated.

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Bowler’s stock is now going through the roof. Leicester are interested, according to TEAMtalk and other Premier League clubs will be monitoring the situation.

Since the window closed, Bowler has grown as a player bagging six goals and propelling Blackpool up the Championship.

At 23, Bowler has bags of potential and it’s perhaps surprising how well he’s done since leaving Everton on a free in the summer.

He ticks a lot of boxes when it comes to a Steve Cooper signing but Forest’s chances of signing him could now be diminishing.

Bowler typically operates on the left wing although he has played through the middle and on the opposite flank.

Blackpool hold a one-year extension on his contract that expires in the summer and they’ll surely extend his stay in the near future.

Forest could regret not snapping Bowler up

It looks as though Forest might have had their chance to sign Bowler.

Now, it seems as though bigger clubs and ones who can offer more in the way of a salary will rival Forest.

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Bowler would have been ideal for the Forest ranks. He’s quick, skilful and is capable of scoring and creating goals.

At the weekend he scored the winner against Stoke and with each passing week his valuation continues to rise.

Forest might have missed a trick and they could regret not trying harder to sign Bowler in January.

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