Blackburn Rovers have won the race to sign Brighton Hove Albion midfielder Andrew Moran on a season-long loan deal, according to journalist Fabrizio Romano.
The Irish U21s international had several offers from European sides but has opted to remain in England, applying his trade for the Championship side, with a medical booked for Friday.
Who is Andrew Moran?
The 19-year-old arrived at the Amex Stadium in July 2020, completing a permanent switch from Irish side Bray Wanderers. He’s since made three appearances for Brighton, including making his Premier League debut during a 4-1 win against Everton last season.
An average start
From three league games this season, Blackburn have won, drew and lost, taking four points in the process. They began with a strong 2-1 win against West Bromwich Albion and squeezed past League Two side Walsall in a dramatic 4-3 victory in the EFL Cup.
However, the club were then held to a 2-2 by Rotherham United, courtesy of a brace from midfielder Sammie Szmodics. Unfortunately for Rovers, their unbeaten start came to an end as they lost 2-1 to Hull City last weekend and will make the trip to Watford on Sunday, aiming to return to winning ways.
Who else was interested?
According to Fabrizio Romano, Moran had plenty of interest from European sides. Both Germany and Holland were named as potential destinations for the midfielder, but Blackburn’s style of play is what reportedly persuaded the player to join the club.
Blackburn Rovers lost midfielder Bradley Dack during the off-season and I always expected the side to focus their search efforts on that particular area, despite having Sammie Szmodics, who’s enjoyed a strong start to the season.
Moran scored a brace during Brighton’s 3-2 win against Walsall in the EFL Trophy on Tuesday and will be raring to get started at Ewood Park.