Portsmouth winger Ronan Curtis is attracting admiring glances from Blackburn Rovers, a report from the Lancashire Telegraph has claimed.
Rovers appear to be in the market for some more attacking firepower following the recent long term injury suffered by their talismanic top scorer, Bradley Dack, and it seems as though Curtis has emerged as a potential option to fill that role.
According to the latest reports, Rovers have monitored the progress of the Republic of Ireland international throughout the course of the current campaign, and are thought to have been impressed by the attacker.
Curtis has scored 11 goals in 28 appearances in all competitions for Kenny Jackett’s side this season, helping them to eighth in the current League One standings.
The 23-year-old’s debut campaign at Fratton Park last season, following his move from Derry, saw him score 12 goals in total as Pompey missed out on promotion to the Championship via the League One play-0ffs.
There are just six months remaining on Curtis’ current contract with Portsmouth, although the club do hold the option to extend that deal by a further 12 months, effectively securing his future until the end of next season.
I think this could be a really useful signing for Blackburn.
Looking at their performances since Dack suffered his injury, it does look as though they need to add to their attacking ranks this month, and Curtis could be a decent option with which to do that.
The Irishman’s record is certainly impressive, and while there may be concerns about whether he can step up from League One to the Championship, it should be noted there could have been similar questions about Dack prior to his ascension to the second-tier with Rovers at the start of last season.
Given his importance to the club, and his current contract situation, Portsmouth are unlikely to want to let Curtis go easily, so it will be interesting to see if Blackburn are willing to produce the funds required to prise him away from Fratton Park, given the lack of success recent big-money buys such as Ben Brereton and Sam Gallagher have had in Lancashire.