Blackburn Rovers are expected to confirm the loan signings of Manchester City defender Tosin Adarabioyo and Brighton goalkeeper Christian Walton on Monday, The Lancashire Telegraph have reported.
Following the sale of David Raya to Championship rivals Brentford earlier in the summer, finding a new number one has become something of a priority for Rovers in the transfer window, while the club are also keen to add to their defensive options in the summer.
It now appears as though the Lancashire side are close to strengthening in both of those positions, with Blackburn manager Tony Mowbray hinting that Monday could be a busy day in terms of incomings for the club.
Speaking after Rovers’ 1-1 friendly draw away to Rangers on Sunday, Mowbray was quoted by the Lancashire Telegraph as saying: “Hopefully we will sign two players tomorrow.
“Until they are signed it’s never done but hopefully we’ll have some business concluded (on Monday).”
Although Mowbray himself would not be drawn on names, it is understood that Adarabioyo and Walton are the two players who are expected to be confirmed at Ewood Park.
Walton, who has made just four senior appearances for Brighton, has spent the past two seasons on loan at Wigan Athletic, winning the League One title in the 2017/18 campaign with the Latics, before helping them to an 18th placed finish on their return to the Championship last season.
Adarabioyo meanwhile spent last season on loan in the Championship with West Brom, helping the Baggies to a fourth-place finish in the regular season, before they were knocked out of the play-offs at the semi-final stage by Aston Villa.
The 21-year-old centre back has also made a total of eight appearances for Manchester City’s first team, and has featured in the Champions League against the likes of Celtic and Shakhtar Donestk.
This will be a big boost for Blackburn.
The lack of activity in the defensive department this transfer window has been something of a concern amongst the clubs fans following their troubles at the back last season, so these two arrivals will be a welcome relief once they are confirmed.
Both Walton and Adarabioyo have plenty of recent Championship experience under their belts, so they should have no problem in fitting into their new roles at Ewood Park in the coming campaign, and they should be able to make ann impact at the club as a result.
With all areas of the squad looking set to be strengthened in the summer transfer window, there will be growing confidence around the club that Rovers will be capable of building on their promising return to the Championship last season in the coming campaign.