Report: Blackburn Rovers make £500,000 bid for Derby County defender

Derby's Craig Forsyth in action with Brighton's Bruno Salter

Rams star Craig Forsyth is reportedly wanted by Championship rivals Blackburn.

Birmingham's Demarai Gray and Derby's Craig Forsyth in actionForsyth (right) in action against Birmingham City

Blackburn Rovers have made a £500,000 bid for Derby County left-back Craig Forsyth, the Daily Mail reports.

Rovers find themselves short in Forsyth's position, after seeing Tommy Spurr join Preston North End and selling Marcus Olsson to the Rams in January.

Olsson has since established himself as a regular at Pride Park in the Scotland international's absence with a cruciate ligament injury.

Derby's Marcus Olsson in action with Sheffield Wednesday's Aiden McGeadyDerby signed Olsson (right) from Blackburn in January

However, with only Forsyth for cover, new Derby manager Nigel Pearson may be reluctant to lose the 27-year-old, who recently made his comeback for the first team.

Blackburn received a reported £5.5 million from Grant Hanley's recent departure to Newcastle United and HITC Sport understands they will look to spend some of that money on Nottingham Forest centre-back Matt Mills.

Nottingham Forest's Matt Mills celebrates scoring their first goalMills is being lined up to replace Hanley at Ewood Park

And further reinforcements may be required, with a number of clubs said to be keen on Hanley's former defensive partner Shane Duffy.

Shane Duffy of Blackburn RoversDuffy is thought to be a wanted man

Forsyth has made 127 appearances for the Rams since joining from Watford three years ago, initially on loan. The Dundee product has also enjoyed temporary spells at Montrose, Arbroath and Bradford City.

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