By Wayne Veysey

31st Dec, 2020 | 11:24am

Exclusive: Shrewsbury Town open talks to sign Blackburn Rovers forward

Shrewsbury Town have opened talks to sign Blackburn Rovers winger Harry Chapman, Football Insider can reveal.

The 23-year-old has featured just once for Tony Mowbray’s side in over two months and is in need of vital first-team minutes.

A recruitment source has told Football Insider the League One outfit are working on a January loan deal for the Rovers wide man.

Chapman featured in six of Rovers’ first seven games in all competitions this season but has played just once since.

He has seen his opportunities limited with the emergence of former Preston ace Thrys Dolan, 19, and Liverpool loanee Harvey Elliot, 17.

Instead, the former Middlesborough player has had to settle for regular minutes for Rovers’ Under-23s and he scored a brace in his last game against Derby County.

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He moved to Ewood Park initially on loan from Middlesborough for the 2017/18 season and helped the club win promotion from League One.

It was the third successive season he had helped a club win promotion to the Championship after enjoying temporary spells with Sheffield United and Barnsley.

Shrewsbury will be hoping the Hartlepool-born ace can do the same for them as they begin to look up the table under new manager Steve Cotterill.

Since Cotterill replaced Sam Rickets at the end of November the shrews have been unbeaten in League One and are now eight points off the play-offs.

In other news, Football Insider can reveal Blackburn Rovers’ Lancashire rivals Preston North End have opened talks to sign a Fleetwood Town striker.