Derby County are keen on a summer move for Blackburn Rovers defender Darragh Lenihan, according to The Sun journalist Alan Nixon.

The 24-year-old has impressed for Blackburn Rovers this season and has been an integral part of Tony Mowbray’s side who are competing for an immediate return to the Championship.

Lenihan could not prevent the Rovers from being relegated to League One in the last campaign but was targeted by Sheffield United in the summer. However, he stayed at Ewood Park and is hoping to be celebrating a return to the second tier in May.

Blackburn could face another battle to hold onto him in the summer with Derby County showing an interest. They are keen on a move for him to freshen up their backline. They currently have Richard Keogh, Alex Pearce and Curtis Davies as centre-back options and they are all over 30 years old.

Nevertheless, the Rams have had a decent season under Gary Rowett and are currently in the Play-Off places. Their fans will be hoping that this is the year that they finally able to make the next step into the Premier League after years of near-misses.

Lenihan could be heading to the IPro if the Rams are prepared to pay his valuation. He joined Blackburn in 2011 from Irish side Belvedere and has since made just under 100 appearances for them. He has also been a regular for the Republic of Ireland Under-21s.


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