AFC Bournemouth target Joe Rothwell will be leaving Blackburn Rovers this summer, his current club have confirmed.
In a brief statement on rovers.co.uk, the Championship side said…
“Rothwell arrived at Rovers in the summer of 2018 from Oxford United and was Tony Mowbray’s maiden signing following promotion back to the Championship at the first attempt.
“The 27-year-old went on to appear 161 times for the club, scoring on 11 occasions in all competitions, one of which ensured he earned the Goal of the Season award in 2018-19 for his stunner at Nottingham Forest…”
“…Everyone at Rovers thanks Joe and Johno (Bradley Johnson) for their services and wishes both players all the very best in their future careers.
The Cherries tried to sign Rothwell during the January transfer window, reportedly having three bids rejected by Blackburn. At the time, AFC Bournemouth and Blackburn Rovers were direct rivals in the chase for automatic promotion to the Premier League, level on 49 points sitting 2nd and 3rd respectively.
The offers, “in excess of £2million” were deemed not “anywhere near the valuation” that his club held of him.
As transfer interest intensified ahead of the transfer window closing, Rothwell was left out of Blackburn Rovers squad against Middlesbrough, but once a deal was not agreed he returned to the side to make a further 14 Championship appearances.
Blackburn Rovers would go on to finish 8th in the Championship table, 6 points adrift of the play-offs. Meanwhile, the Cherries were automatically promoted to the Premier League, 19 points clear of Blackburn.
BBC Radio Solent commentator Kris Temple has posted on Twitter that AFC Bournemouth are “very much still at the front of the queue for Joe Rothwell’s signature. One of their early close-season targets to get over the line.“
— Kris Temple (@kristemple) May 8, 2022
Will he be AFC Bournemouth head coach Scott Parker’s first signing ahead of the 2022/23 Premier League campaign?
Centre midfield is a position in which we have more than enough depth for the Premier League, but if he is a free transfer and someone Parker has obviously wanted for a long time then it’s a no brainer.
I really rate all of our CM’s. I think Ben Pearson is too good for the championship, Emiliano Marcondez has delivered every time with goals and assists and Gavin Kilkenny was a fan favourite at the start of the season.
It looks like Parker isn’t interested in paying the £15 million price tag for Todd Cantwell and it will be Rothwell taking his place.
I can’t see anyone taking the place of Jefferson Lerma, Philip Billing or Lewis Cook (all experienced premier league and internationals, always looked good at the highest level). – Join the conversation, click here.