A report by Lancashire Live claims that Nottingham Forest could have a window of opportunity to snare Blackpool winger Josh Bowler this summer.

The tricky player nearly signed for Forest during January but ultimately he decided to stay with the Tangerines.

Bowler will be tied to a one-year extension that the club holds on his current deal, however, they want him to commit to a new, longer contract.

If the 23-year-old is reluctant to do that, the club will allow him to leave in order to avoid him walking away for nothing in 2023.

Blackburn Rovers v Blackpool - Sky Bet Championship
(Photo; Lee Parker; CameraSport; Getty Images)

Blackpool must be wishing they’d handed him a longer contract in the first instance. He was added last summer and given just a one-year deal with the option of a further 12 months.

He’s scored eight goals and registered three assists this season and played particularly well in a 2-1 defeat to Forest back in October.

That sparked interest from the Reds in January. After seeing several bids rejected, Forest lost out on one of their primary targets for the mid-season window.

Now it seems as though Forest will have a golden chance. With just one year remaining on his deal, he’s unlikely to cost over the odds and the Reds might wish to pounce.

Bowler would be decent Forest signing – but only if promotion isn’t secured

The trickster has enjoyed a cracking season. Since the turn of the year, he’s really started producing on a consistent basis and he’s a top Championship player.

Forest are still in the hunt for promotion, however. With that in mind, it would be perfectly understandable for the club to have two different shortlists ready for the summer.

Blackpool v Nottingham Forest - Sky Bet Championship
(Photo; Jon Hobley; MI News; NurPhoto; Getty Images)

If the Reds are promoted they will perhaps knock their desire to sign Bowler on the head, given his lack of experience in the top-flight.

Although Bowler is young, signing him and expecting him to perform in the Premier League would represent a considerable risk.

Nonetheless, this report is positive and if Forest aren’t promoted they must just get their man in the summer.

Have something to tell us about this article?