Blackburn Rovers are hoping to bring in a new centre-back on loan this month to help them forge a promotion campaign in the Championship. A report is now claiming that an Everton player might be one of the options under consideration.
The Lancashire Telegraph is reporting that Everton youngster Jarrad Branthwaite is being talked about as a potential option among the Blackburn hierarchy.
Blackburn, who already have one talented young Merseyside-based star on loan in the form of Harvey Elliott, are believed to be a big fan of Branthwaite’s with manager Tony Mowbray watching him in action for Everton’s under-23’s earlier this season.
However, any deal for Branthwaite will not be easy to do.
The teenager has been involved in the Everton first-team squad for recent fixtures and manager Carlo Ancelotti is known to be a big fan of his talents.
“As I’ve said before we have to be patient with him, but he’s a really good defender,” Ancelotti told the Liverpool ECHO in July last year. “Good with the ball, always focused.
“I know his character, he’s really focused and humble. It’s a pleasure for us to have this young player.”
Everton only picked up Branthwaite last January in a reported (Daily Mail) £1 million deal from Carlisle United.
He has had a fast rise into Ancelotti’s plans but that has recently been exacerbated by injuries at full-back, seeing Everton utilise centre-back options in those positions and allowing for Branthwaite to be in the matchday squad.
A loan spell might be a perfect move for Everton, as it would give Branthwaite a chance to play regular football in the Championship.
But with Blackburn having other options on their list, it seems this is still an unlikely deal to happen this month.