By George Overhill

3rd Jun, 2022 | 4:20pm

West Brom target Darragh Lenihan set to leave Blackburn this month

West Brom look to be a step closer in the pursuit of Darragh Lenihan as Sky Sports report he is “increasingly likely” to leave Blackburn this month.

The Rovers captain has apparently failed to agree a new deal at Ewood Park and looks set to be a free agent come the end of June.

Alan Nixon previously reported that the Baggies were “actively chasing” the defender but facing competition from Middlesbrough for his services.

He had already turned down offers to remain at Blackburn, and that option now appears to be off the table entirely.

Sky Sports say that “a number” of Championship clubs are after the Republic of Ireland international, as he heads towards the exit.

Cash in

The report is potentially both good news and bad news for Albion, as they are one step closer in terms of competition they have to overcome for the 28-year-old, but it may be a sign that he is after more than they can afford.

Nixon had previously suggested that it was the main element to the player’s next move as he wanted to secure a £1million annual deal.

With money tight at the Hawthorns it could signal that Lenihan has priced himself out of their range.

But since manager Steve Bruce is apparently very keen on adding the defender it will depend on how highly he values him.

The turmoil at Ewood Park cannot be overlooked when considering why the club captain may be looking to leave, as manager Tony Mowbray has already gone since the club didn’t offer him a new deal, as has a fellow Bruce target, midfielder Joe Rothwell.

If Lenihan views West Brom as offering more stability than his current club then it may not be exclusively the highest offer than sways him.

With Blackburn, Middlesbrough and Albion all finishing within three places and three points of each other in mid-table at the end of the season – Boro seventh, Blackburn eighth, and West Brom 10th – there isn’t much to choose from in terms of obviously stronger candidates for promotion.

If the Baggies are able to reach a deal with Lenihan it is likely they will need to do it before there is movement at Boro in terms of a Djed Spence sale as the Northern Echo report that a move to Nottingham Forest would boost Chris Wilder’s spending power.

In other West Brom news, a significant exit from the club drew a heartfelt goodbye online.

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