Blackburn Rovers could turn their attention to Leicester’s Luke Thomas if they are unable to complete a deal for Leeds left-back Barry Douglas, a report from the Lancashire Telegraph has revealed.
Tony Mowbray’s side are in the market for a left-back in the final few days of the window, with Douglas seemingly their number one target.
But with Watford also said to be interested in the Leeds defender, it seems Rovers are now lining up identifying potential alternative targets if they are unable to complete a deal for Douglas.
According to this latest update, Rovers looked into the possibility of a move for Thomas earlier in the summer, and could revisit a possible deal for the 19-year-old if Douglas does make the move to Ewood Park.
Thomas made three Premier League appearances for Leicester towards the back end of last season, even registering an assist during that time.
The teenager also featured in a 1-1 friendly draw against Rovers earlier this summer, although he has yet to make a league appearance in the current campaign.
Thomas only signed a new long-term contract with Leicester earlier this summer, meaning that any move Rovers make for the teenager in the next few days would likely be a loan move rather than a permanent one.
This is an interesting one.
With just a few days remaining in the summer transfer window, Amari’i Bell is still Blackburn’s only established left-back, and providing some cover and competition for Bell is something the club will surely want to do.
You do feel as though Douglas’ experience of winning promotion from this division mean he ought to be Rovers’ number one target here, as they push for a return to the Premier League this season.
However, if they cannot get that done, then Thomas could certainly be a decent alternative for Rovers, judging by his performances for Leicester at the back end of the previous campaign.
Indeed, you also feel as though both Leicester and Thomas could be open to a loan move here, given the increased first-team opportunities that would likely provide him with over the next few months, as he looks to develop his game further.