Blackburn Rovers have received a boost in their hopes to sign West Brom youngster Rakeem Harper on loan, according to the Lancashire Telegraph.

Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray has already signed nine players for Blackburn this summer and wants to take that number even higher before today’s 11pm deadline.  Rovers will be looking to win promotion back to the Championship at the first time of asking this season and will need a strong squad in order to compete.

One player Rovers are still hoping to bring in is West Brom midfielder, Rakeem Harper.  It is understood that Mowbray wanted to bring in the youngster earlier this month, but he was included in West Brom’s matchday squad in the Premier League.  The 17-year-old then went on to make his debut in the club’s 1-0 win over Bournemouth.

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Harper currently plays his football for West Brom Under-21s but could be ready for a move up to senior football after making his debut for the first-team.

Despite missing out on the midfielder earlier in the window, Blackburn have received a boost in their chase for Harper.  West Brom yesterday completed the loan signing of Grzegorz Krychowiak from PSG, who also plays in midfield.  This could mean that Harper is allowed to depart the club on loan today.

Speaking about deadline day, Tony Mowbray said: “I’m hoping to be busy. Hopefully we can get some business done and after Thursday night that’s what we’ve got to go into the campaign with until January. We are talking to a few clubs and I think it’s best I leave it at that.”

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