The Lancashire Telegraph has reported that Blackburn Rovers are eyeing up a move for Manchester City’s young defender Tosin Adarabioyo as Tony Mowbray looks to strengthen his defensive options ahead of the new season.

Blackburn Rovers are in need of some new options at centre-back, having let Paul Downing leave to join League One side Portsmouth upon the expiry of his contract, with midfielder-turned-defender Jack Rodwell also leaving the club at the end of the season when his deal expired. And, it has now been claimed that manager Tony Mowbray has identified his number one target.

It is claimed that Manchester City centre-back Tosin Adarabioyo is the man that Mowbray is keen to bring to Ewood Park for the upcoming Championship season, with Charlie Mulgrew and Darragh Lenihan the club’s only senior players that naturally play at the heart of the defence.

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Adarabioyo has made his way through the youth academy at Manchester City, playing for the club’s Under-23s side 44 times, having played for City’s Under-18s side 10 times as well. He has also represented his club in the UEFA Youth League, playing 19 times in the competition.

The 21-year-old is making his breakthrough into senior football having made his debut for Manchester City and going on to play a further seven times for the first-team, taking his appearance total for City to eight.

Pep Guardiola sent him out on loan for the 2018/19 season to allow him to gather some more senior game time. Adarabioyo joined West Brom on loan and featured across the backline for the Baggies, playing 36 times for the club across all competitions.

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Now, it will be interesting to see if Adarabioyo heads out on loan once again, with Blackburn Rovers looking to bring him in to add some depth to Tony Mowbray’s defensive department.