Blackburn Rovers remain keen on signing Motherwell defender Ben Heneghan today, according to the Lancashire Telegraph.

Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray is set on improving his defence today before the transfer window closes and Heneghan is still understood to be a target for the club.  However, Mowbray also has other defensive targets should a deal fail to materialise.

It was reported yesterday that Blackburn had had a bid of £250,000 rejected by Motherwell, who are believed to be looking for a fee of around £500,000 to let their highly-rated defender leave the club.  However, Heneghan has only 12 months remaining on his current contract with the club, so Motherwell may be tempted to accept less rather than lose the defender for free next year.

As a youth player, Heneghan spent time playing for Everton and Stoke City before his release from the latter club.  The defender then signed for Chester, initially on non-contract terms, but quickly earned himself a deal.

At the end of the 2014-15 season, his first at Chester, Heneghan was the club’s first-choice centre-back and had scored eight goals in 44 games.  At the end of the following season, the defender earned a move to Scottish Premiership side Motherwell.

Since signing last summer, Heneghan has made 41 appearances for Motherwell, also scoring one goal.  The Scottish side do not want to lose the defender this month and have had to endure interest from QPR and Sunderland alongside Scottish side Rangers.

At just 23, Heneghan could be a very good signing for Blackburn.  If given first-team football in League One, he could develop into a key player for Rovers as they look to win promotion back to the Championship.

Blackburn are also interested in completing a loan deal for West Brom midfielder Rakeem Harper today.


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