Date: 25th July 2019 at 4:00pm
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Nottingham Forest were linked with a move for Callum O’Dowda earlier this summer when the Reds were on the hunt for a left-winger, but they failed to sign the Bristol City man and Krishnan Davis of Bristol Live has explained why.

O’Dowda was a target for Forest when Martin O’Neill was still in charge. His sacking in late-June led to the Reds turning their attentions elsewhere, however. The 24-year-old now finds his career at a crossroads with Fulham unlikely to sign him either.

Due to Ben Osborn’s poor form in 2019 and uncertain future at the City Ground, Forest were linked with a host of wingers as potential replacements – Gavin Massey of Wigan Athletic, Hosam Aiesh of Ostersunds, Kamil Grosicki of Hull City and Gavin Whyte of Oxford United.

O’Dowda was on the Reds’ radar after scoring and creating eight goals in 31 Championship games last season. The 24-year-old made 35 chances, 30 successful dribbles (61%), whipped in 98 crosses with 25% accuracy and hit the target with 48% of his 27 shots.

Forest opted for Sammy Ameobi and Albert Adomah, however, and could give Brennan Johnson and Arvin Appiah more opportunities in 2019/20.

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