Gary Bowyer wants to partner up with Manchester United next season; but who could they bring in?
The newly appointed permanent boss has been speaking about the Ewood Park club’s potential operations with the Premier League champions this summer.
The Lancashire club’s managing director Derek Shaw worked with new United gaffer David Moyes when the pair were at Preston North End and Bowyer confirmed the two had spoken in the past and that he hoped for a potential arrangement in regards to loan signings this season:
"Obviously, Manchester United are only down the road and they have some talented players, ones I've seen growing up so I'm aware of them. If we can establish a link with them in terms of bringing players to give them experience in the Championship, it's a fantastic contact. Derek obviously had David at Preston and when we were in the run-in during last season I just asked if it would be possible to speak to him. Derek asked him and he said 'yes, no problem'. David was brilliant.’’
So who could Blackburn bring in if the arrangement did come to fruition? Here are five players who could really help Blackburn push for promotion next season.
The talented Belgian winger is highly rated at United and with Barcelona and Juventus snooping around in May his agent made it clear his intention was to remain a United player.
He is expected to sign a new contract this summer and could be rewarded with first-team football in the Championship next season.
It could be last chance saloon time for the Italian midfielder who has failed to breakthrough into the first-team despite widespread belief in his ability.
His spell at Peterborough United last term was disrupted by injury so a full season at Ewood Park might be his last opportunity in England.
The Belgian under-21 international impressed in the League Cup last season and his swashbuckling right-back style could pay huge dividends in the Championship.
The England under-21 international had a pretty decent season out on loan at Leicester City in 2012-13 so will be looking to continue playing first team-football next term.
That is unlikely to be at United so another year in the Championship could be perfect for the 20-year-old.
The centre-back has just recovered from a niggling injury and is all set to get in to gear for pre-season.
At 21-years-old he is far too good to be in the reserves and deserves a full season of first-team football.
Which of these would you like to see at Blackburn Rovers?
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