Doncaster Rovers have been linked with departing Blackburn Rovers defender Paul Downing.

Doncaster Rovers manager Grant McCann has told reporters how his side are in talks to sign defender Paul Downing after Blackburn Rovers opted against extending his contract, the Lancashire Telegraph reports.

“I’d love to keep him. It’s a conversation I’m having with his representatives and a conversation I’ll have with the chairman and (chief executive) Gavin Baldwin,” McCann explained.

Downing joined Blackburn on a permanent deal in January 2018 after an initial loan from MK Dons, signing a one-and-a-half-year deal.

The 27-year-old helped Rovers to promotion from League One but found opportunities hard to come by in the Championship, making just three league appearances.

Downing move to Doncaster on loan last January and played a key role in the Yorkshire club’s sixth-place finish. He featured for the full 90 minutes in both playoff semi-final clashes with Charlton Athletic as Doncaster eventually missed out on a Wembley spot as a result of a penalty shoot-out defeat.

Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray opted against extending Downing’s contract at Ewood Park, prompting the player to seek a new club ahead of his contract expiry at the end of June.

Downing is said to have enjoyed his spell at Doncaster, and the League One club would be making quite a coup if they manage to add him to their ranks on a free transfer deal this summer.

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