Blackburn leading in race to sign defender linked with Newcastle move

Date published: Wednesday 22nd January 2020 6:30 - Dan Butterfield

Blackburn Rovers are ahead in the race to sign Rio Ave defender Toni Borevkovic, a report from a print edition of Portuguese newspaper A Bola has claimed.

Premier League clubs Newcastle United and Bournemouth are also said to be looking at the Croatian.


It was recently revealed by the same newspaper that all three clubs had expressed an interest in a move for the 22-year-old, and it appears as though it is the Championship side who have gained the advantage ahead of a January move.

According to the latest reports, it is Blackburn who have shown “the most serious and sustained” interest in the defender, meaning a deal could be likely, especially after it was reported that the Portuguese club are willing to negotiate a deal.



Tony Mowbray’s side are currently in Portugal for a five-day warm weather training camp, meaning they could be able to open talks in the very near future. However, it is thought that Rio Ave would prefer for the defender’s departure to come in the summer, rather than this month.

Borevkovic joined Rio Ave from NK Rudes in his native Croatia in the summer of 2018, and has since gone onto make 44 appearances in all competitions for his current club, who are currently seventh in the top flight of Portuguese football.

The Croatia currently has three-and-a-half years left on Borevkovic’s contract with Rio Ave, securing his services in Portugal until the end of 2022/2023 season.


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