Sources: Cheltenham Town deal for Exeter City striker collapses at 11th hour

Cheltenham Town’s move for Exeter City striker Ryan Bowman has fallen through, Football Insider understands.

The Robins had been attempting to reach an agreement with their League Two rivals for the 29-year-old’s signature before tonight’s 11 pm deadline.

But a recruitment source told Football Insider that although talks had reached an advanced stage, the deal is now dead in the water.

Bowman has been on the radar of a number of League One and Two clubs this January.

Third-tier side Burton Albion also tried and failed to sign Bowman earlier in the window.

The in-demand forward has netted 10 times in 23 fourth-tier appearances for Exeter in 2020-21.

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Bowman signed for the Devon-based outfit from Motherwell in January 2019 and has gone on to score 30 goals in 93 appearances across all competitions.

He began his career with Carlisle United before enjoying spells with a number of non-league sides.

North of the border, Bowman netted 14 goals in 86 appearances in a three-year stretch before moving to Exeter.

Michael Duff’s promotion-chasing Cheltenham have already recruited Callum Wright from Leicester City during the January window.

They were hoping this deadline day swoop for Bowman would further improve their roster.

Exeter are a mere five points behind the Robins in the League Two table.

Fans will no doubt be happy that the deal to sell their second-top scorer to a division rival has now fallen through.

In other news, League One side MK Dons are set to complete a last-gasp loan deal for Sunderland striker Will Grigg, with the 29-year-old undergoing a medical at Stadium MK.