According to Sky Sports News (as cited by Rovers Chat), Blackburn Rovers are interested in bringing goalkeeper Simon Eastwood back to Ewood Park from League One side Oxford United.

Blackburn Rovers are in the market for a new goalkeeper this summer, with Tony Mowbray stating that they are focusing on bringing in one new ‘keeper before pressing on with signing another. The club let Spaniard David Raya make a move to Brentford, leaving them with Jayson Leutwiler as the only senior goalkeeper at the club.

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Mowbray has said that Rovers are planning on bringing in two goalkeepers, one younger one and one with a bit more experience. And, a return move for Oxford United’s Simon Eastwood fits the bill. Blackburn are said to be on the brink of signing 23-year-old goalkeeper Christian Walton on loan from Brighton and Hove Albion, and with Eastwood aged 30, he fits the bill as the more “experienced” shot-stopper.

Eastwood is one of the names said to be on Mowbray’s list of potential targets, with Derby County shot-stopper Scott Carson also being linked with a move to Ewood Park this summer.

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Eastwood has been with current club Oxford United since 2016, joining from Blackburn on a free transfer three years ago. Since joining the club, he has played 156 games, keeping 49 clean sheets and conceding 206 goals along the way.

Prior to his move to Oxford, Eastwood spent three years with Blackburn, where he played 20 times for the club. Over the course of his career, the 30-year-old has also played for Huddersfield Town, Woking (loan), Bradford City (loan), Oxford United (2010 to 2011 and 2016 to present), Halifax Town, Bradford Park Avenue and Portsmouth.


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