Sky Bet Championship promotion-chasers Middlesbrough and Brighton and Hove Albion are monitoring the situation around Blackburn Rovers midfielder Ben Marshall, who is out of contract next summer, according to the Daily Mail.
The 24-year-old, who moved to Ewood Park in the summer of 2013 after leaving Leicester City, has appeared in all but two of Rovers’ Championship games this season – the latest of which coming in Rovers’ 0-0 draw at Wolverhampton Wanderers yesterday.
Marshall is highly-rated by manager Paul Lambert yet, due to the uncertainty surrounding the financial situation at the Lancashire club, the midfielder has yet to be offered a new deal, alerting the likes of Middlesbrough and Brighton, who appear to be heading the race for the twice-capped England Under-21 international.
Subsequently, manager Lambert is questioning his own future at Ewood Park, who will undoubtedly be frustrated at the prospect of losing one of his best players for little come the summer.
The Championship side turned down bids believed to be around £3.25 million from Chris Hughton’s Brighton last summer, yet it now look likely that they will lose him for nothing come the end of the season.
Blackburn have struggled in the second tier this season, with the draw against Wolves yesterday leaving them 16th in the table, ten points clear of the bottom three.
Blackburn fans… what do you make of the news? How big a loss would it be if Marshall left the club for nothing in the summer? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!