Reading striker Dominic Samuel will sign for League One side Blackburn Rovers this summer, according to journalist Alan Nixon on Twitter.
Nixon was replying to a Blackburn fan who had asked whether the Samuel deal was going to go through. The fan also questioned whether there was any truth to the rumours that Blackburn wanted to sign Ivan Toney or Adam Armstrong from Newcastle United. Nixon did not seem convinced by either rumour.
Blackburn were first linked with Samuel last week, with boss Tony Mowbray looking to add to his very limited attacking options. It was reported that Championship sides Ipswich Town and Barnsley were also interested in the striker, but Rovers had offered more money than the pair. Samuel spent part of last season on loan at Ipswich but failed to score in six appearances.
The Lancashire Telegraph reported today that Blackburn have done all they can in the race to sign Samuel. Mowbray wanted the striker to join the Rovers squad for their pre-season camp in Austria, but the deal is still yet to go through.
Mowbray said: “The one I would have hoped to have over here is out of our hands, we have done everything we can, it’s other issues. But the club and everyone one behind the scenes is working extremely hard to try and put together a squad that can be very competitive in this division and I think it’s coming together.
“I hope there’s some more exciting signings for the supporters over the next three or four weeks.”
Despite the hold-up in the deal going through, Alan Nixon seems confident that Samuel will sign for Blackburn Rovers this summer, which should encourage fans. The signing of another striker will take some of the pressure off Danny Graham, who could end up being the only forward at the club with Anthony Stokes expected to leave.