Former Derby County target Josh Bowler is available on a free transfer with the Hull Daily Mail reporting how the winger has been released from Premier League side Everton.

Bowler joined Everton from Queens Park Rangers in 2017 on a three-year-deal.

The winger impressed for the Toffees youth team and signed a one-year extension in 2019.

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According to TEAMtalk, Derby wanted to sign Bowler on loan in 2019 but missed out as the former QPR man joined Hull City for the 2019-20 campaign.

Bowler made 28 appearances that season and despite their relegation, Hull wanted to sign him permanently. The Tigers, however, couldn’t afford his £5 million price tag.

Fast forward one year and Hull could get another chance to sign him for free.

Likewise, Derby could renew their interest and add some much-needed creativity.

Bowler has plenty of potential. He may have been released by Everton, but at 22 he has an abundance of time on his side to establish himself as a top-flight player.

Derby were the lowest scorers in the Championship last season.

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Kamil Jozwiak struggled in his debut campaign at Pride Park. Tom Lawrence, meanwhile, spent most the season injured while Martyn Waghorn is now out of contract.

The Rams lacked both creativity and a regular goal scorer. Bowler could come in and offer speed and impetus out wide. With limited finances, he could represent a bargain.

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