Earlier reports from this week in The Sun said that Wolves boss Paul Lambert was going to return to Blackburn Rovers to bring right wing Ben Marshall to Molineux, something refuted by Rovers’ Owen Coyle.

Quoted in the Lancashire Telegraph, Coyle says that rumours of a Wolves bid for Marshall, who can also pitch in at right-back, were wide of the mark with the Blackburn boss indicating that the club hadn’t actually received any kind of bid for him from Wolves.

One of the things that the Sun article said was that Blackburn were willing to sell Marshall, a player who could be considered an asset at the club, “if the money is up front.” Sun reporter Alan Nixon, who wrote the article, said that Rovers were wanting the cash in one payment rather than a series of installments as Coyle was wanting cash “to bring in two or three players in the window.”

However news of this ‘interest’ from Wolves has left the Blackburn manager more than a little nonplussed, with Coyle insisting there hasn’t been contact of any kind. He said in the Lancashire Telegraph that there was no written offer from Lambert’s Wolverhampton Wanderers with the Blackburn boss stating: “If I had a written offer in front of me then I could say whether or not it’s been turned down. But it’s certainly not been in my emails for sure.”

25-year-old Marshall has made 21 appearances in this season’s Sky Bet Championship campaign, scoring one goal and providing one assist. Coyle has not discounted the fact that Marshall might move on during this window but stresses that the price needs to be right for the club, with a figure of £1m being bandied around.

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