Nottingham Forest and Sheffield United want midfielder Joe Rothwell, according to the Lancashire Telegraph. The Blackburn Rovers player will depart Ewood Park when his contract expires next month and the duo will make offers to the maestro.
The 27-year-old has been with Rovers since 2018 when he signed from Oxford United. He was the club’s first signing after they won promotion from League One back to the Championship.
Rothwell made 161 appearances for Blackburn in total. He found the net 11 times and also registered 18 assists during his time at the club. Now, however, he sees his future elsewhere.
Forest and Sheffield United locked horns in the Championship play-offs. After a 3-3 draw over two legs, the Reds ran out 3-2 winners on penalties to set up a final date against Huddersfield.
Earlier this month, John Percy of The Telegraph, claimed that Forest would move for Rothwell. He also said that it wouldn’t be dependent on what division the Reds would be in.
Steve Cooper is clearly a fan of the midfielder. He will go in search of new players in the summer and a central midfielder is likely to sit high on his list.
Rothwell is a player that knows the Championship inside out. Furthermore, at 27-years-old he’s at an age where he could still make the step up to the Premier League.
Sheffield United will still have the luxury of parachute payments behind their summer rebuild. However, if Forest win promotion, top-flight football could be a big factor.
Forest want Rothwell and he’d be a class addition
The beauty of Rothwell is that he fits the profile of a Steve Cooper signing down to the ground. He works hard, is at a nice age and more crucially he’s played a lot of football.
An ex-Manchester United youngster, Rothwell enjoyed a quality 2021/22 campaign. He scored three goals for Rovers but perhaps more crucially he registered 10 assists from central midfield.
Forest will have likely compiled two shortlists. Their season has been extended and that means plans will be in place should they be in the Championship or the Premier League.
Rothwell could feasibly be considered on both of those lists and on a free transfer, Forest could do a lot worse than sign him; regardless of what happens at Wembley next week.