Wes Brown reportedly close to Blackburn switch

Sunderland's Wes Brown and Patrick van Aanholt in action with Bournemouth's Junior Stanislas

The defender is currently without a club, after leaving Sunderland in the summer.

Aston Villa's Leandro Bacuna shoots past the challenge of Sunderland's Wes Brown

Former Manchester United defender Wes Brown is set to be on the verge of completing a move to Blackburn Rovers, according to boss Owen Coyle who was speaking to BBC Lancashire.

The 36-year-old has been without a club since departing Sunderland in the summer and has been training at Ewood Park since pre-season.

Coyle has told BBC Lancashire the deal will completed subject to approval from the club's owners the Venky's Group.

Blackburn Rovers manager Owen Coyle

"As soon as I get the green light from the owners that I can get that over the line, I'll pursue it vigorously," he said.

"Wes is fit and ready to play. We've had daily chats, he is an outstanding man and think he is in good shape to play now," he said.

Brown injured his calf during pre-season training with Rovers but has proved his fitness with the club's under-23 side.

It has been a frustrating year for Brown, who has 23 England caps, as he has battled injuries.

The centre-back only made six appearances for Sunderland last season, and is looking to prolong his career in the Championship.

He started his career at Manchester United, winning five Premier League titles before slipping down the pecking order after Nemanja Vidic's arrival.

Brown then joined Sunderland from Manchester United in 2011 and went on to make 87 appearances before leaving at the end of last season.

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