Sky Bet Championship outfit Blackburn Rovers are one of several clubs thought to be weighing up a move for young Glenavon midfielder Mark Sykes in January according to reports by The Scottish Sun.

The 21-year-old Irishman is one of the most high-rated young players in the Danske Bank Premiership and Sykes is thought to be ready to make the move to England.

Sky Bet League Two club Port Vale are already through to have failed with a transfer bid to sign Sykes while the player may have an offer to move north of the border to Ladbrokes Premiership side Hibernian in January.

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It is also thought that Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray is an admirer of the midfielder and the Lancashire club could plot their own move for Sykes next month. Rovers have enjoyed a solid first season back in the second tier and a play-off place is not completely beyond being a possibility. Manager Mowbray is likely to want to bolster his squad with Glenavon star Sykes being within the club’s budget constraints.

Sykes is a Northern Ireland Under-21 international and the player has been labelled as the top up and coming star in Ireland. The midfielder is most at home running at defenders from the central midfield areas while he has a keen eye for goal.

Since breaking into the Glenavon side, Sykes had played a key role for the club. The Lurgan Blues have already admitted defeat in keeping hold of the player for the long-term.

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