According to The Scunthorpe Telegraph, free agent Richie Smallwood is close to joining Blackburn Rovers.
Blackburn Rovers are set to beat a trio of Championship clubs to the signing of Smallwood despite playing in League One next season.
Rovers are in the market for midfielders and Smallwood fits the bill as an experienced performer at second and third tier level.
The 26-year-old is also an attractive prospect as he is available on a free transfer after rejecting a new contract offer from also relegated Rotherham United.
Championship trio Sheffield United, Millwall and Burton Albion have also expressed an interest in Smallwood this summer but he looks set to join Blackburn Rovers instead.
During his career, the former England under-18 international midfielder has represented Middlesbrough, Rotherham and Scunthorpe.
Smallwood operates as a defensive midfielder predominantly but can play further forward in midfield.
After the capture of Cardiff City legend Peter Whittingham, Richard Smallwood could be the next piece of shrewd business that Tony Mowbray completes at Blackburn Rovers.
Mowbray released a number of players from Blackburn, particularly in midfield, so his squad revamp is fully underway at Ewood Park ahead of their League One promotion bid.
Richie Smallwood is said to be keen on reuniting with Tony Mowbray at Blackburn; the pair worked together previously at Middlesbrough and are set to team up again next season.
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