Rangers are interested in making a potential move to sign Blackburn Rovers midfielder Joe Rothwell on a pre-contract agreement in the January transfer window, according to The Sun.
It is believed that Blackburn considered cashing in on Rothwell during the summer transfer window, with the midfielder heading into the final year of his current deal at Ewood Park.
Brentford had registered an interest in Rothwell during the summer window following their promotion to the Premier League.
However, in the end, the Bees decided to move on to other targets and Rovers instead sold Adam Armstrong to Southampton to raise funds, according to The Sun.
It is now thought that Blackburn are prepared to once again cash in on Rothwell during the forthcoming winter transfer window as they aim to raise more funds to potentially bolster Tony Mowbray’s squad.
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The latest report from The Sun reveals that Rangers are leading the race for Rothwell’s signature. They hope to gain an advantage over other interested parties by striking early and securing a pre-contract agreement with the 26-year-old in January.
Given Rothwell’s current contract situation at Ewood Park, it would make sense for Blackburn to cash in on him in January and try and raise funds to strengthen their squad further in a crucial winter window for Mowbray’s side.
Rothwell is a very useful player to have in their squad, but he is not someone that would be irreplaceable and if they could recoup a decent enough fee for the 26-year-old then it would not be the worst move that they could make in selling him.
However, if Rangers do sign him on a pre-contract agreement then Blackburn risk losing the midfielder for nothing or a very minimal transfer fee. That would be a real blow for them and they would surely prefer a buyer to emerge from elsewhere ahead of the winter window.
It does seem that however, a move transpires for the midfielder, a departure from Blackburn in inevitable in January or at the latest next summer at the end of his deal.
This could be a smart pick-up for Rangers on a free transfer if they can get him to sign the pre-contract agreement in the winter window.