Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray says he is hopeful that the club will be able to make an announcement about their goalkeeper search ‘in the next couple of days’.
The Lancashire side are in need of a new stopper following the sale of David Raya to Championship rivals Brentford earlier in the summer transfer window, which has left Canadian ‘keeper Jayson Leutwiler as the club’s only senior goalkeeper.
It appears however that that could soon be about to change, with Mowbray appearing to hint that the club are closing in on a replacement for Raya.
Speaking to The Lancashire Telegraph after his side’s 3-1 friendly win at Mansfield on Wednesday night, Mowbray said: “It (the search for a goalkeeper) is coming to an end I think.
“You never know until you’ve got people signed whether they’re going to get done. But we’re pretty positive in the next day or two we’ll have some announcements to make.”
There has been a suggestion that the club could move for two goalkeepers in the window, and discussing that possibility, Mowbray added: “We’re thinking two, but let’s get one done first.
“In an ideal world, we’d probably bring in a more experienced one and then a younger one to compete.”
One name that has been linked to the club is Derby’s Scott Carson, and it was recently reported by the Daily Mirror’s Live Transfer blog (17/07, 13:33) that newly appointed Rams boss Phillip Cocu is keen to offload the former England international in the current transfer window.
This should be a big relief for everyone around Blackburn.
With Raya gone, the pressure to bring in a new stopper in the current transfer window has only increased, so apparently being so close to completing a deal for at least one ‘keeper will surely calm a few nerves around the club.
Singings are always something for fans to get excited about, so the news that there could be not one but two new arrivals between the posts at Ewood Park is likely to attract the attention of the Rovers’ faithful, with the latest revelation only likely to increase their confidence of another promising campaign in the Championship next season.
With goalkeeping recruits seemingly close to being confirmed, and both midfield and attack already strengthened this summer, that now leaves just the defence for Blackburn to address between now and the end of the summer transfer window, and it will be interesting to see just what moves they make in that area.