Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray has denied that he is interested in bringing Liverpool youngster Ben Woodburn in on loan for the rest of the season.

Reports emerged this morning stating that Blackburn Rovers were amongst a host of Championship clubs keen to bring Ben Woodburn in on loan from Liverpool for the rest of the Championship season.

Woodburn has returned to parent club Liverpool, after a dismal loan spell with Championship side Sheffield United. The Welshman failed to make an impact during his short spell at Bramall Lane, returning to Anfield early.

However, Rovers boss Tony Mowbray has moved quickly to dismiss links between his side and the Liverpool starlet.

Mowbray did not dismiss that Rovers are in the market for a striker but said that Woodburn is not the kind of player that they are in the market for this January.

“There is no truth in that at all,” Mowbray said to the Lancashire Telegraph. 

“With total respect to Ben Woodburn, we have invested in a player (Ben Brereton) who has mobility, can run with the ball, create chances and score goals and is a mobile, agile, type of striker.

“If we were going to find a striker it would be more in the mould of a Danny Graham type, a target man, rather than a running wide striker.”

Blackburn Rovers have been linked with a move for a target man in the run up to the January window. Mowbray’s comments about preferably bringing in a ‘target man’ reinforce rumours that they are looking at a reunion with Southampton striker Sam Gallagher.

Gallagher stands at 193cm tall and has been linked with a loan move away from Southampton this January. The 23-year-old’s first spell at Ewood Park was a success, scoring 12 goals during his loan spell throughout the 2016/17 Championship season despite Rovers’ relegation.


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