Nottingham Forest will offer a contract to Joe Rothwell, according to various reports and Steve Cooper has already admitted he loves him.

The former Blackburn man has departed Ewood Park following the end of his contract and he probably has a desire to play in the Premier League.

Enter Nottingham Forest.

It was reported some weeks ago that the Reds would offer a contract to Rothwell regardless of what division they found themselves in next year.

That division will be the top-flight and perhaps Bournemouth are no longer leading the race to sign the talented midfielder.

Forest offer contract to Rothwell
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Rothwell is a vastly experienced player at Championship level.

He spent four years at Rovers, playing 161 times and he has a number of clubs vying for his signature this summer.

Now, Forest could be higher up the list than they were before Sunday when they claimed a place in the Premier League.

One trump card that Forest might have is that Cooper loves him.

After Forest defeated Blackburn 2-0 in February he praised Rothwell for his performance; despite being on the losing team.

Cooper will now hope to steal a march on any rivals for his signature and convince him to join Forest.

Forest to offer contract to Rothwell and he could prove shrewd addition

The Reds are operating on a Premier League budget now but they will still need to cut their cloth accordingly this summer.

Rothwell would make for a pretty decent free transfer.

He is 27-years-old and should, in theory, be approaching his prime as a central midfielder.

Forest must be an attractive proposition for any player next season and Rothwell will be no different.

Forest offer contract to Rothwell
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Following promotion, the Reds will be able to compete with Bournemouth over wages.

Not only that but close to 30,000 people will be in attendance 19 times at the City Ground next season and that will surely tempt lots of players.

Rothwell will want his next move to be in the Premier League.

Furthermore, he will want to go to a club where he plays regularly and he should do that if he joined Forest for free.

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