What’s the word?
According to journalist Alan Nixon, speaking on his Patreon, the Tricky Trees had their initial £2.5m bid knocked back and are now plotting another £3m bid.
Blackpool are holding out to their £4m valuation, so it remains to be seen as to whether Steve Cooper forks out the extra cash to secure the signing.
The 23-year-old does only have one year left on his current deal, however, which could see Forest wait it out.
Imagine him & Lingard
With the one year that Forest expect to have Jesse Lingard for, Bowler could learn so much under his tutelage.
With 168 Premier League appearances, as well as plenty of games in the Champions League and Europa League, his vast experience besides the youthful exuberance of the Blackpool man could be a perfect combination behind the speed of Brennan Johnson or the brute force of Taiwo Awoniyi.
Do Nottingham Forest really need Josh Bowler?
This season, however, he seems to really be exerting himself upon the league. A 7.03 average SofaScore rating is indicative of his explosive start to the campaign, whilst his ability to be a goal threat has started to shine through.
This is caused to explain why he was labelled “class at football” by Tangerines reporter Sean McGinlay, capable of producing “special moments” for his side. The carrying through of his form from last season into this outlines a consistency of these special moments.
If Lingard could recapture the form he found whilst on loan at West Ham United, perhaps these two could actually act as the main goal scorers for Cooper’s side.
Although Bowler may not instantly be a huge hit at the City Ground, there is no doubting that alongside Lingard he would have a much greater chance at fulfilling his immense potential.
If they could strike up an instant partnership, they could carry Forest away from a relegation battle with a flurry of goals.