Blackburn Rovers join Derby County in battle for Premier League goalkeeper
According to The Sun journalist Alan Nixon, Blackburn Rovers have joined fellow Championship side Derby County in pursuing Brighton and Hove Albion goalkeeper Christian Walton.
Brighton and Hove Albion goalkeeper Christian Walton has enjoyed several impressive loan spells away from the AMEX Stadium over the course of the past few seasons, and a number of clubs are looking to bring him in ahead of the new season once again.
It was reported here on The72 earlier this summer that Derby County were keen to bring the goalkeeper in on loan for the upcoming season, with Scott Carson deemed surplus to requirements and linked with Blackburn Rovers and most recently, Millwall.
Now, it has been claimed that Rovers, who are in the market for a new goalkeeper or two, are also interested in Brighton’s Walton. The Sun journalist Alan Nixon tweeted the update on Walton’s situation on Sunday morning, saying:
MILLWALL. Want Scott Carson on loan. Big wages though. DERBY would let him go. Walton at BRIGHTON on their list. But BLACKBURN trying harder for Walton right now. Ironically BLACKBURN also looked at Carson.
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) July 21, 2019
Blackburn allowed Spanish goalkeeper David Raya to leave the club earlier this summer to join fellow second-tier side Brentford, leaving them with just one senior goalkeeper in the shape of Canadian Jayson Leutwiler.
Walton, 23, has played just four times for the Brighton academy since coming through their youth ranks but has gathered plenty of Football League experience over the course of several loan spells. His most successful loan spells have been with Luton Town (33 games, nine clean sheets) and Wigan Athletic (69 games, 30 clean sheets), where he has spent two seasons.
With both Derby and Blackburn keen to bring in new goalkeepers this summer, it will be interesting to see who wins the battle for Walton’s signature.