Exclusive: Blackburn in advanced talks to seal new deal

Blackburn Rovers are in advanced talks with rising star Dan Pike over the terms of a new contract, Football Insider can reveal.

The Championship club are poised to hand the right-back, 18, his first professional contract as reward for his development.

A Rovers source has told Football Insider that the deal is close to being agreed after the club made Pike an offer.

It is expected to run for three years, which is the maximum length clubs can tie players down on their first professional deal.

Pike is yet to make his his first-team debut but was a key player for the Under-18s side that reached the FA Youth Cup semi-finals before the season was ended.

He played 90 minutes of each of the four matches during the run, including the memorable 4-1 win over Arsenal in the last eight.

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Pike has over 50 appearances for Rovers Under-18s under his belt and has also progressed to the club’s Under-23s.

The imminent new deal for Pike comes as Rovers face a battle to hang on to another of their outstanding young players.

Left-winger Brennan, also 18, is the subject of strong interest from a cluster of elite clubs, including Leeds United and Brighton.

Blackburn, who are 10th in the suspended Championship, are still in with a shout of reaching the play-offs.

By contrast, Leeds are hot favourites for automatic promotion and are seven points clear of third-placed Fulham with nine matches of the league campaign remaining.

In other Blackburn Rovers news, it can be REVEALED that Liverpool have joined the race to sign forward.