Derby County to rival West Bromwich Albion for Blackburn Rovers winger Ben Marshall

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Derby County and West Bromwich Albion are reported to be eyeing up a move for Blackburn Rovers winger Ben Marshall.

Blackburn Rovers winger Ben Marshall is reportedly a target for Premier League West Bromwich Albion and Championship promotion favourites Derby County.

According to the Daily Mail, Derby manager Steve McClaren has been looking to bolster his side this January in order to give them the edge in a tight promotion race. The report adds, the club have money to spend and McClaren and his scouts have been looking at players in England and in Holland.

The Blackburn winger ticks the boxes the Rams are looking for this January and could make a bid to prise him away from their promotion rivals.

The 23-year-old has been in outstanding form this season and is rightfully considered as one of the best wide midfield players in the division. So, it’s not difficult to see why the former England boss has set his sights upon the player, especially as he created a goal in the game against his side earlier this season.

However, given Rovers’ current league position, they will be very reluctant to sell and that’s without taking their transfer embargo into account.

Any business done by Blackburn in this upcoming transfer window will have to be well-calculated by the owners and manager as a bad decision could effectively leave them short with roughly half the season still to go.

The former Leicester midfielder has proved pivotal this season, accumulating six goals and three assists, despite playing a number of positions, including right back.

Although the Rams are reportedly in the market for players this January, the role the 23-year-old would fill at Derby is already hotly contested by four established players in the squad. Jamie Ward, Johnny Russell, Jordon Ibe and Simon Dawkins have all had parts to play this season and with no sign of any departures, it’s hard to see where the former England Under-21 midfielder would fit in.

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