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Nottingham Forest, Reading and Brentford are all interested in signing Toulouse midfielder John Bostock this summer, according to The Sun (21/07, page 61).
The report states that the Championship trio are all interested in signing the midfielder, but Forest are the only club to have made an official enquiry about him.
Bostock started his career with Crystal Palace and has also been on the books of Tottenham Hotspur.
The 27-year-old has had loan spells in the EFL with Brentford, Hull City, Sheffield Wednesday and Swindon Town, but has struggled to make an impact wherever he has been.
The midfielder has gone on to play for various clubs across Europe and spent last season in France with Toulouse, where he made 16 appearances in Ligue 1.
Forest head coach Sabri Lamouchi is hoping to build a team that can challenge for the play-offs this season and has already made five new signings since replacing Martin O’Neill in charge at the City Ground last month.
So, would Bostock be a good signing for Nottingham Forest? We discuss…
“This could be a smart bit of business by the Reds if they beat Reading and Brentford to signing the former Spurs midfielder.
“It’s no secret that Sabri Lamouchi could benefit from having more quality depth in his midfield options heading into the new season.
“Bostock has a point to prove at this level as well, after failing to make a notable impact in his previous spells in England.
“He’s a brilliant striker of the ball from set-pieces, and that could certainly be of use for Nottingham Forest as they look to finish inside the top six next season in the Championship.”
“I’m not too sure about this one to be honest.
“Forest already have a rather large squad as it is, with midfield in particular offering them plenty of options, and I’m not entirely convinced that a move to Bostock strengthens them in that position.
“Bostock does have top-flight pedigree, but he has never really set the world alight wherever he has been, and I can’t picture him being much more than a squad player at best – which they obviously already seem to have plenty of.
“It feels therefore as Forest may be better suited looking elsewhere if they still feel it is necessary, particularly given the fact that he has two years left on his contract at Toulouse means he may not be someone who comes cheaply for Forest.”
“Bostock is a solid midfielder and he will definitely feel that he has a point to prove in English football, after failing to make much of an impact anywhere he has been in the past.
“He could be a decent signing for Nottingham Forest and would provide them with some more depth in midfield, although Lamouchi already has plenty of options available to him in that position and I’m not convinced he would strengthen them that much.
“Lamouchi has spoken about wanting to move some of his fringe players on this summer, so I’m not sure how wise it would be to potentially sign another one in Bostock.
“He could turn out to be a decent signing for Forest, but I’m not convinced they need him and I think there are better, more proven options out there.”