Blackburn to sign former Cardiff ace Whittingham

Cardiff City's Peter Whittingham applauds the fans after the match

HITC Sport understands former Cardiff star is set for Blackburn move.

Cardiff City’s Pete Whittingham scores their first goal from the penalty spotCardiff City’s Pete Whittingham scores from the penalty spot

Blackburn Rovers are poised to sign former Cardiff City midfielder Peter Whittingham on a free transfer, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.

Whittingham is out of contract at the Cardiff City Stadium and he has decided to move on for a new challenge after turning down the club's offer of a new deal.

The 32-year-old has spent the last ten years at Cardiff, making over 450 appearances for the Bluebirds and he is a big fans' favourite at the club.

Cardiff City's Peter Whittingham applauds the fans after the matchCardiff City's Peter Whittingham applauds the fans after the match

Whittingham played a more reduced role in the starting XI last season, but he still made 37 appearances in the Championship and contributed seven goals and eight assists.

The news will be a blow for Cardiff with Whittingham establishing himself as a key man at the club since his arrival from Aston Villa in January 2007.

Blackburn Rovers manager Tony MowbrayBlackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray

A number of clubs are understood to have expressed an interest in Whittingham, but Blackburn have moved swiftly to agree a deal for the former England Under-21 international.

Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray is looking to rebuild his squad at Ewood Park following relegation from the Championship last season and he sees Whittingham's creativity and experience as a vital addition to his squad.

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