Blackburn should do all they can to land Middlesbrough goalkeeper Connor Ripley; perfect replacement for Jason Steele

Connor Ripley of Oldham Athletic in action during the Sky Bet League One match between Milton Keynes Dons and Oldham Athletic at StadiumMK on February 7, 2017 in Milton Keynes, England.

Blackburn Rovers should make sure that they land Middlesbrough goalkeeper Connor Ripley.

Blackburn Rovers should do all they can to sign highly-rated Middlesbrough goalkeeper Connor Ripley.

Last week, Ripley's father and agent, Stuart, said that the Teesside club are open to offers for the 24-year-old (Gazette). The news comes not long after Middlesbrough secured the signing of Darren Randolph from West Ham United.

A number of clubs from the Championship and League One have been alerted by this. According to the Bristol Post, Blackburn are thought to be leading the race Ripley's signature.

Connor Ripley of Oldham Athletic in action during the Sky Bet League One match between Milton Keynes Dons and Oldham Athletic at StadiumMK on February 7, 2017 in Milton Keynes, England.

Ripley enjoyed a successful spell on loan with League One side Oldham Athletic last season. The Middlesbrough academy graduate claimed Oldham's all-time clean sheet record as well as claiming a clean sweep in the club's end of season player awards.

The prospect of going back to warming the bench at the Riverside Stadium is likely to be one that Ripley is keen to avoid. With less than a year remaining on his current deal, he is looking at his options after rejecting Middlesbrough's new deal.

Blackburn have just recently sold last season's number one Jason Steele to Sunderland and will be keen to replace him as they bid to make an immediate return to the Championship.

Steele was also a graduate of the Middlesbrough academy and enjoyed a relatively successful spell at Ewood Park. If Rovers were to secure the signing of Ripley, it would be a shrewd piece of business by the club.

Ripley impressed highly last season, despite playing for a side who flirted with relegation for large parts of the campaign. He has proven that he is able to be a reliable number one in League One, at least.

If Blackburn were successful in their attempts to return to England's second-tier then there is little doubt that Ripley will be able to comfortably make the step up.

Tony Mowbray manager of Blackburn Rovers ahead of the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Blackburn Rovers at Griffin Park on May 7, 2017 in Brentford, England.

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