By Pete O'Rourke

31st Dec, 2019 | 11:34am

Exclusive: Blackburn in hunt for versatile enforcer who is entering final 18 months of contract

Blackburn Rovers are tracking in-form Gillingham defender Connor Ogilvie, Football Insider understands.

The 23-year-old enforcer has enjoyed an outstanding season to date with Gillingham, scoring three goals in 21 League One appearances, including the winner last weekend against Rochdale.

A source at Blackburn Rovers has told Football Insider that the Championship club are monitoring Ogilvie having sent scouts to watch him on a regular basis this season.

It is believed his versatility makes him an attractive prospect as he can play as a centre-back as well as a left-back.

Tony Mowbray’s side may not be alone in the hunt for Ogilvie as his impressive performances have put him on the radar of a number of clubs higher up the football pyramid.

The versatile defender is entering the final 18 months of his contract at Gillingham and the club will be determined to keep hold of him as they look to make a surprise push for the play-offs in League One.

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Ogilvie joined Gillingham last summer on a permanent deal after two successful loan spells at the Priestfield Stadium, becoming Steve Evans’ first signing as manager.

The 23-year-old, who earned 13 caps for England at U-17s level, came through the ranks at Tottenham but never made a first-team appearance for the club due to the presence of Danny Rose and Ben Davies.

The Premier League club opted to loan him out often with him not only having a brief spell at Gillingham but with him also having a temporary stint at Stevenage United in the 2016/17 season.

Ogilvie has played more than 130 games in the Football League, with him having experienced both League One and League Two.

In other Championship news, Football Insider can reveal that Euro clubs are plotting a move to sign a Reading player on a pre-contract deal.