Nottingham Forest have seen their latest bid for Blackpool star Josh Bowler rejected by Blackpool. The Reds’ latest bid of £3.5 million has been turned down, with the Tangerines holding out for a £4 million transfer fee, as per Football Insider.
Forest are still trying to do a bit of business before tomorrow night’s deadline. Steve Cooper has already signed 18 players this summer; with Willy Boly’s arrival from Wolves set to be confirmed as the 19th summer arrival.
Tomorrow should see more players leave the club than arrive. A lot of Forest’s incoming business has been done but Bowler is one plate that is still frantically spinning for Forest.
The winger looks almost certain to leave the Championship outfit this month. He’s got just a year remaining on his deal and that makes his situation precarious.
Blackpool can’t afford to risk him going for free and overseas clubs will be able to offer him a pre-contract arrangement in January.
The 23-year-old has scored twice in five matches for the Tangerines this season and should play against Blackburn this evening.
It does seem increasingly likely, however, that it could be his final appearance for the club this evening.
Forest see Bowler bid rejected
After spending over £150 million this summer, it does seem somewhat strange that Forest are now bartering over £500,000.
If the Reds are serious about adding Bowler to their ranks then it makes perfect sense to just pay Blackpool what they want for the player.
The former Everton trainee was once called magic by David Unsworth, boasting pace and skill in abundance.
Bowler might not be a regular starter in the Premier League just yet but his ability to play out wide would offer Cooper some flexibility.
If Forest could get this deal over the line, it would offer the club a decent player for the future and he wouldn’t cost the earth either.