By Richard Parks
Blackburn Rovers are in hot pursuit of Everton striker Bassala Sambou and could sign him on a permanent deal in the summer window, according to a report.
The Sun on Sunday claim the League One leaders are keen to wrap up the capture of the German-born 20-year-old and take advantage of his second-tier status at Goodison Park.
It is said that Blackburn are keeping close tabs on Sambou and send scouts to watch him in action last week as they lay the foundations for a summer swoop.
The Sun report that the rising star could move to Ewood Park either on loan or even a permanent transfer.
Sambou, who played for Blackburn manager Tony Mowbray when he was at Coventry before moving to Goodison, has yet to play for the senior side at Everton.
Football Insider verdict:
Given that Sambou is yet to feature for the Everton first team and is unlikely to be in their Premier League plans for next season, a move makes sense for all parties. It is almost certain that Blackburn, who are five points clear at the League One summit, will be playing Championship football next season. That will give Mowbray enhanced negotiating power to sweet-talk a player who he knows inside out from their Coventry days. If Everton give the green light, there appears a strong chance that the forward, who has scored seven goals in 31 Premier League 2 matches, will head to Ewood.