In what has been a very quiet transfer window at Ewood Park so far, Blackburn Rovers’s activity is set to increase massively going into the final few weeks.
It looks as though Rovers have been waiting for one massive piece of business to go through to let the rest of the dominos fall and despite a 2-1 win on the opening day of the season against Swansea City, squad strengthening is still needed.
As you can expect there is lots of speculation now as to who may be arriving or leaving Ewood Park – let’s round-up the latest news.
Armstrong bid accepted
Rovers have been waiting on the bids to arrive for the prolific Adam Armstrong, and with Danny Ings’ sale to Aston Villa they have now started to come.
Both Crystal Palace and Norwich City have tried their luck but it is Southampton who have had an offer accepted for the 24-year-old according to Sky Sports.
Personal terms are yet to be agreed however Armstrong will undergo a medical on the south coast tomorrow, which suggests that a deal is close to being completed – although there’s nothing stopping bids being made from other clubs still to throw a spanner in the works.
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Brighton loanee set to arrive
It was reported last week that Tony Mowbray was set to utilise the fact he can name five loanees in a matchday squad by making several moves this month for Premier League talents – and the first is set to arrive.
Blackburn had the likes of Harvey Elliott and Taylor Harwood-Bellis last season and they’re set to bring in Brighton attacker Reda Khadra on a season-long deal.
The 20-year-old is primarily a winger and he arrived at the Seagulls in October 2020, featuring for their under-23 side in the Premier League 2 competition.
The German is set to provide competition to the likes of Tyrhys Dolan at Ewood Park providing the club manage to get a deal over the line.
Obafemi part of Armstrong deal?
Whilst we now know from many reports that Southampton have agreed a fee for Adam Armstrong, The Sun’s Alan Nixon is claiming that Ireland international Michael Obafemi is involved in the deal.
According to Nixon, the Saints wanted £6 million for Obafemi but it is unclear if the youngster would be heading to Ewood Park on a permanent contract or on loan if he is actually involved in the package.
Blackburn may have other striker targets to replace Armstrong with and there’s no guarantee that Obafemi will agree personal terms, but he looks to be one of the main contenders to take Armstrong’s place at Ewood Park.
Bees want Rothwell
It may not just be Armstrong that Blackburn lose as according to Football Insider, Brentford are eyeing up a move for midfielder Joe Rothwell.
The 26-year-old has just one year remaining on his deal at Rovers and Mowbray could be forced to cash in on yet another star if a new contract isn’t in the offing.
Rothwell played 39 times in the Championship for Blackburn last season, scoring three times and if the reports are to be believed he could be heading to the top flight if Brentford can test Rovers’ resolve.