Championship side Blackburn Rovers have opened up contract talks with Sunderland keeper Jon McLaughlin.
The Black Cats’ chances of gaining a return to the Championship this summer ended two weeks ago as the English Football League opted to end the 2019/2020 season.
Finishing eighth in the League One table, Phil Parkinson’s side will now look to bounce back and improve on that league standing next term.
That hope will largely depend on who the Wearside club can bring in during the summer transfer window, whilst also keeping hold of a number of current first team players whose contracts are due to expire.
Scottish ‘keeper McLaughlin is one of those players and he has now been linked with a move to Blackburn.
The 32-year-old ‘keeper will see his current contract expire on June 30 and it has been confirmed that Sunderland have offered him a new deal with the hope that he will remain at the Stadium of Light.
Indeed, he has been a regular for them this term, making 32 League One appearances and keeping 11 clean sheets, whilst conceding just 27 goals (Transfermarkt).
However, that hope could now diminish as the Daily Mail have claimed that Rovers have put together a contract for the Scottish stopper.
Blackburn are in need of one or two goalkeepers this summer with current number one Christian Walton due to return to parent club Brighton and Hove Albion, whilst Jayson Leutwiler’s deal is due to expire.
Sunderland’s chances of keeping hold of McLaughlin are gradually getting weaker and weaker by the day, and they will need to ensure they find an adequate replacement.
For McLaughlin, it is a superb move for him to make, especially at the age of 32, as it gives him the opportunity to make the step up to the Championship.
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