Championship outfit Blackburn Rovers have had a £250,000 bid for Aberdeen winger Ryan Hedges rejected, with Football Insider revealing this latest setback for Tony Mowbray’s side.
The Lancashire side have been on the search for a winger since Harvey Elliott returned to Liverpool following the expiration of his loan spell at Ewood Park this summer.
Jurgen Klopp is now keen to keep hold of the 18-year-old for his first-team plans this season, showing just how impressive the teenager was last term as he recorded an impressive 18 goal contributions in just 41 Championship appearances.
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Long-serving midfielder Elliott Bennett also left the club this summer to join Shrewsbury Town on a free transfer, leaving Rovers looking light out wide after failing to move quickly earlier in the transfer market.
They have started to get a few loan arrivals in the door this month though, with Leighton Clarkson, Ian Poveda and Jan Paul van Hecke all coming in on temporary spells from Premier League clubs in the last couple of weeks – and Brighton man Reda Khadra looks set to follow them.
One player that may not be arriving at Ewood Park anytime soon though is Welsh international Hedges, who scored four times and bagged himself three assists in 25 Scottish Premiership appearances last term.
As per Football Insider, they have been monitoring the 26-year-old’s situation at Pittodrie all summer, but Aberdeen are not yet prepared to let him go despite the Welshman entering the final year of his contract.
The one promising thing for Blackburn Rovers during this deadline day, despite their lack of a striker signing thus far, is the fact they have several irons in the fire in terms of wingers.
Although Reda Khadra is expected to sign for the Championship side in the coming hours, there are slight concerns about whether he would pass his medical even after recovering from the minor ankle injury he sustained.
The Athletic’s latest update on this transfer has confirmed everything but his medical is now finalised for the 20-year-old’s loan agreement – but until the winger passes his medical – they can’t be sure he will be joining before tonight’s 11pm deadline.
If this move falls through, you would expect Tony Mowbray’s side to launch a much-improved bit to get this deal over the line – and they will have the funds to do so after selling top scorer Adam Armstrong to Southampton earlier this month.
He might be out on contract in the next year – but there’s no point in holding back the extra money it would take to bring him in after letting Armstrong go for an eight-figure fee – especially if it can help to increase their squad depth and give them something different going forward.