Martin O’Neill reportedly wanted to sign £8m Bristol City winger O’Dowda for Championship hopefuls Nottingham Forest.

Thanks to a flurry of signings in the space of just two weeks, Nottingham Forest’s squad now looks far stronger now than it did at the end of last season.

Sabri Lamouchi has brought in a top quality goalkeeper in Aro Muric, plenty of Championship appearance in Sammy Ameobi and Albert Adomah plus a couple of exciting Portuguese talents from Benfica.

But one player who won’t be heading to the City Ground this summer is Callum O’Dowda.

A Bristol City winger who is valued at £8 million (Sky Sports), the Bristol Post claimed that Martin O’Neill was keen to bring the Republic of Ireland international to Nottingham Forest.

Yet O’Neill’s sacking, and the subsequent arrival of Lamouchi just 20 minutes later, appears to have brought an end to Forest’s interest in the former Oxford United starlet.

But considering that Lamouchi wants to bring attacking, technical players to Nottingham Forest, according to the Post, you have to wonder why the former Ivory Coast boss has not picked up where O’Neill left off.

O’Dowda is a player with genuine pace and the ability to breeze past opposition full-backs at will. He’d offer genuine width too and the speed that Adomah and Ameobi simply cannot match. And the prospect of O’Dowda and Joe Lolley haring towards goal at a rate of knots would have made Nottingham Forest one of the most thrilling attacking teams in the Championship, a far cry from the struggles of last season.

There is still time however and, with interest from Leeds and Fulham coming to nothing, O’Dowda is still stuck in limbo with just one year left on his Bristol City contract.

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