Sky Bet Championship side Blackburn Rovers are fighting off interest from a host of high-profile clubs for midfielder John Buckley, according to reports from Teamtalk.
The 19-year old, who has been on Rovers’ books since the age of six, has caught the eye in the youth setup at Ewood Park, and his form hasn’t gone unnoticed.
Reports have surfaced that Premier League giants Liverpool, Everton and Manchester United have all been monitoring the progress of the midfield prospect, picking up one goal and one assist after a turbulent time with injuries.
In an attempt to block any potential approaches from the top-flight outfits, Rovers are set to reward the progress of the 19-year old, who is currently on the fringes of Tony Mowbray’s first team.
Buckley signed his first professional deal with the club last season, and still has over 12 months left on his current deal at Ewood Park.
Blackburn’s bid for promotion via the play-offs has derailed in recent weeks – Tony Mowbray’s men have lost their last four league games and have slipped to 14th spot in the Sky Bet Championship table.
Buckley looks to be an exciting player on paper, who has been a mainstay for Blackburn’s under-23 side in the Premier League 2 division.
He needs to consider his options carefully if one of the big clubs were to come in for him – it’s very easy to get distracted by interest from United and Liverpool, but would he gain regular game-time?
It’s bound to be an interesting development for sure.