By Wayne Veysey

7th Jan, 2022 | 5:05pm

Sources: Bournemouth line up seven-figure offer for Blackburn midfielder Rothwell amid Rangers interest

Bournemouth are lining up a seven-figure offer for Blackburn Rovers midfielder Joe Rothwell amid Rangers interest, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.

The 24-year-old is out of contract at Ewood Park this summer and has failed to agree an extension to his deal.

Rangers have been linked with signing Rothwell on a cross border pre-contract deal, but Bournemouth are set to swoop now to try and land him this month.

A recruitment source has told Football Insider that Bournemouth are in the market for a new midfielder and are ready to tempt Rovers to cash-in on Rothwell this month.

It is believed the Lancashire outfit value the midfielder at more than £1million.

Rothwell is enjoying his best season since joining Blackburn from Oxford United in June 2018.

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Tony Mowbray, who is masterminding Rovers’ unexpected Championship promotion push, has hailed the improvement in his defensive game.

The Man United academy graduate has notched two goals and seven assists in 24 league appearances this term.

He is one of several high-profile Blackburn stars whose deals expire in the summer, including 20-goal striker Ben Brereton Diaz.

Bournemouth are currently three points ahead of the East Lancashire side atop the Championship table.

The Cherries have already added centre-back James Hill in a reported £1million move from Fleetwood Town this January.

Right-back Ethan Laird has also joined on loan from Man United in the mid-season window.

Rangers meanwhile are leading the pack in the Scottish Premiership following Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s appointment in November (2021).

The reigning Scottish champions received a cash injection from the £12million sale of Nathan Patterson to Everton on Tuesday (4 January).

They announced the loan signing of 21-year-old defender James Sands from New York City yesterday (6 January).

In other news, Blackburn in advance talks to sign Sheffield United star Oliver Burke.