By Wayne Veysey

31st Jan, 2022 | 7:33pm

Sources: Nottingham Forest and Bournemouth in race for Bowler as asking price revealed

Nottingham Forest and Bournemouth are battling it out do a deadline deal for Blackpool winger Josh Bowler, Football Insider understands.

Bowler has been linked with a number of clubs during this month’s transfer window with Forest seeing several bids for the 22-year-old turned down by Blackpool.

A recruitment source has told Football Insider that Blackpool are reluctant to lose Bowler and are demanding a fee in the region of £2.5million if they are to cash-in on the former Everton youngster before Monday’s 11pm deadline.

Bournemouth have also made a number of approaches for Bowler as they look to continue their busy foray into the transfer market on deadline day.

Bowler has registered three goals this term, the latest of which came in Blackpool’s 1-1 draw with Fulham last Saturday (29 January).

This site broke news that same day that Fulham, as well as Bournemouth, were lining up a bid for the wide man.

Subscribe to Football Insider TV now

He signed a one-year contract when he joined Blackpool on a free transfer last June, although the Tanjarines have the option to extend his deal by another year.

Bowler failed to make a senior appearance during his time with Everton bud did enjoy success with the development side.

He was part of the team that won the Premier League 2 title in 2018-19.

Blackpool boss Neil Critchley told The Gazette earlier this month that Bowler is playing “fantastic football” and conceded his future may at some point “get taken out of our hands”.

James Hill, Nathaniel Phillips, Ethan Liard and Freddie Woodman have all signed for the 3rd-placed Cherries this January.

Forest meanwhile have recruited Richie Laryea, Steve Cook and Keinan Davies in a bid to aid their push for the playoffs.

In other news, Bournemouth agree £3m Joe Rothwell fee with Blackburn.