As the end of the January transfer window closes in, Blackburn Rovers have been linked with unlikely moves Middlesbrough attacker Britt Assombalonga and Southampton’s Charlie Austin.

Sky Sports reported late last night that Blackburn Rovers are keen on Middlesbrough striker Britt Assombalonga as clubs look to finalise deals ahead of the closure of the transfer window on Thursday.

The Sun also reported on Tuesday evening that Blackburn Rovers are among a host of sides considering a move for Southampton striker Charlie Austin, after falling down the pecking order under Ralph Hasenhuttl at St Mary’s.

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The links come with Rovers boss Tony Mowbray keen to bring in another striker for the second half of the season. It is believed that Southampton’s Sam Gallagher is his number one target, but could look elsewhere if a deal for the former Rovers loanee can’t be agreed.

With the reports linking Rovers with Assombalonga and Austin, chief executive Steve Waggott has come out to say that despite their “significant price”, they will help Mowbray pursue his options if he chooses to move for either of the strikers.

“There are a few players that are circling the market with clubs and agents putting their names out there as being available,” Waggott told the Lancashire Telegraph. 

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“They are both quality players but they come at a price, and quite a significant price.

“If they are players that Tony is interested in then that’s something we would pursue but at the moment he has a primary target and let’s see if anything develops over the next 36 hours.”


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