Blackburn have been dealt a blow in their efforts to sign Christian Walton up for another season at Ewood Park.
The Lancashire Telegraph claim that the shot-stopper is set to be part of Brighton and Hove Albion’s plans for next season, in the hope that they’re playing their football in the Premier League for another year.
Walton has been hugely impressive for Tony Mowbray’s side this season, keeping 12 clean sheets in his 37 appearances so far in all competitions.
Blackburn are currently sat tenth in the Championship table, and are just three points adrift of the play-off places with nine games remaining this term.
But with Walton set to return to Brighton at the end of this year’s campaign, it means that the Rovers boss will have to dip into the transfer window to find an adequate replacement for Walton.
We look at THREE goalkeepers that Blackburn Rovers should be looking at ahead of next season as Walton’s replacement.
Find out who they are, below….
Darlow has struggled for consistent game time with Newcastle United, and with his current deal with the club set to expire in the summer, it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him depart.
He’s already shown that he’s capable of playing in the Championship, having represented both the Magpies and Nottingham Forest in the second tier.
Darlow should be one of the goalkeepers that Blackburn are targeting in the summer, as he’ll be keen to get his career back on track after a frustrating few years.
Ruddy is another player that is out-of-contract at the end of this year’s campaign, and it seems unlikely that he’ll sign a new deal with Wolves.
He’s been their second-choice goalkeeper this season, as they continue to impress in the top-flight. Ruddy played a starring role in Wolves’ promotion into the Premier League though, and would definitely be a solid option to have in between the posts for Tony Mowbray’s side next season.
Martínez is currently with Arsenal’s first-team, but has played as their second choice goalkeeper for much of this year’s campaign, which is understandable given the strong performances from Bernard Leno.
The Argentine does have experience of playing in the Championship though, and played a starring role for Reading as they retained their second tier status last season.
Without him, the Royals would have been faced with relegation, and Martinez will surely be tempted by a loan move elsewhere next season.