Blackburn Rovers in the hunt for Aberdeen defender

Date published: Tuesday 7th January 2020 1:29

Aberdeen defender Scott McKenna is reportedly a target for Rovers as they look to add to their defensive ranks in January.

The Lancashire club are reportedly one of a handful of English clubs who are keen on signing the centre-back.

The Aberdeen youth product has attracted interest from the likes of Premier League side Burnley, along with three ambitious second tier clubs, including Rovers.

The blue and white outfit face competition from playoff chasers Bristol City and league stragglers Huddersfield Town.

At first glance, Burnley are the favourites to strike a deal with the 23-year-old, with Premier League football being the main attraction for McKenna.

Also, Blackburn may struggle financially to bring the Scotsman to Ewood Park, with the defender being priced at £6million.

This isn’t the first time that the Scottish international has attracted suitors from England.



The player asked to leave Aberdeen at the end of last season, leading to a trio of English clubs expressing an interest in signing McKenna. Nothing materialised and the defender remained in Scotland.

Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray will be keen to add at least one defender to his squad before the the end of the window amidst an increase in injuries at Ewood Park.

Lancashire rivals Burnley will also keen to sign the defender, with record signing Ben Gibson being linked with a move away from Turf Moor over the past couple of months.

Last season, McKenna became Aberdeen’s first choice centre-back and produced some impressive displays during his first full season at the Pittodrie Stadium.

Now, he is a man in demand, and for the right price, could be set for a move away from Scotland before the January window ends.

The real question is; can Blackburn compete with the financial power and Premier League status of their most bitter rivals?

Meanwhile, Rovers could turn their attention to another transfer target should the McKenna link fall short.

Sheffield Wednesday’s Morgan Fox has been linked with a move to Ewood Park, along with four other Championship clubs who are battling for his signature.

Despite the defender impressing so far this season under Garry Monk, the former Charlton defender has been linked with a move away from Sheffield.

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