By Pete O'Rourke, Transfer Correspondent

25th Aug, 2022 | 3:17pm

Sources: Blackburn Rovers submit £2.5m bid for Coventry star Dominic Hyam

Blackburn Rovers have submitted a £2.5million bid for Coventry City defender Dominic Hyam, sources have told Football Insider.

Blackburn are in the market for a new central defender before next Thursday’s cut-off and are lining up a move for the 26-year-old.

Coventry have knocked back several offers for Hyam earlier in the window, but Rovers hope their latest offer will be enough to prise him away from the CBS Arena.

Hyam, who has been with Coventry since signing from Reading in 2017, has two years remaining on his contract.

He has played the full 90 minutes in both of the Sky Blues’ Championship matches in 2022-23.

He captained the side on several occasions in 2021-22, when scored three times in 45 appearances in all competitions.

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Blackburn have lost skipper and centre-back Darragh Lenihan this summer, with the Brockhall academy graduate joining Middlesbrough on a free transfer.

Jan Paul Van Hecke meanwhile, another central defender and Rovers’ Player of the Year in 2021-22, returned to Brighton after the completion of his loan spell.

New manager Jon Dahl Tomasson has had to rely on the likes of 17-year-old Ash Phillips for much of the current season, with no new central defenders yet signed.

Director of football Greg Broughton, who joined the club shortly before Tomasson, has so far helped engineer the permanent signings of Sammie Szmodics, Callum Britain and Ethan Walker this summer.

Tyler Morton has also joined on loan from Liverpool and, although naturally a midfielder, filled in at centre half for Rovers’ 2-1 League Cup win over Bradford City on Tuesday (23 August).

In other news, Bournemouth, Sheffield United and Blackburn Rovers in race to sign Yerson Chacon.