Blackburn Rovers are interested in signing Oxford United’s Simon Eastwood, according to Sky Sports News.
Eastwood is a player familiar to Rovers having spent three years at the club from 2013-2016, before moving to Oxford.
However, he only made 20 appearances for the club in that time and he would likely be a back-up once again if he moved to Ewood Park – and now at 30, he may wish to stay at The U’s where he is guaranteed game time.
His spell at Oxford has been his first as the no.1 keeper at any club he’s been at on a permanent basis, and in three years has made 156 appearances for the club, averaging a clean sheet almost once every three matches – with 49 in total.
Although joining Blackburn would be a step up in division he may decide against the move, unless Rovers would be able to persuade him that he would get first-team opportunities.
It would be an excellent addition for Blackburn. He is capable of playing regularly and would be a fantastic back-up option to have, and his return would likely be received warmly by the fans, too.
It is a difficult decision for Eastwood to make. He has impressed for Oxford on the whole and will believe in his ability to make an impression on Tony Mowbray and force his way into the first-team.
The opportunity to play in the Championship again is an exciting prospect, particularly after three years at Oxford where the club has largely struggled in League One.