Derby County midfielder Bradley Johnson has been linked with a move to Blackburn Rovers, the Derby Telegraph report.
The 32-year-old signed a 12-month extension to his Derby deal last year. It was largely kept under wraps with many expecting the midfielder to be released this summer.
Johnson’s future at Pride Park, however, remains uncertain. The Derby Telegraph report Blackburn’s interest, and his absence from the club’s 10-day trip to Florida could be telling.
It is reported that the former Norwich man is on vastly reduced terms and is in talks with Derby over a new deal. However, the manager situation could pose a potential stumbling block.
Should Bradley Johnson consider a move to Blackburn Rovers?
Johnson was in and out of the team under Frank Lampard. Towards the end of last season, he became a regular in the holding midfield position, impressing as the Rams reached the playoff final.
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Lampard’s subsequent move to Chelsea, though, leaves his successor with a decision to make. Sky Sports report Phillip Cocu is set to join Derby, and the Dutchman is renowned for favouring youth players.
Johnson may be settled in Derby, but in football terms he could be cast aside. Blackburn, on the other hand, may be able to offer him a regular spot at Ewood Park as they seek to strengthen this summer.
Tony Mowbray is seemingly on the lookout for more experience. Rovers have already signed Stewart Downing on a free transfer, and Johnson could be a good option to follow.
The Lancashire side could see the one-time Derby transfer record holder as a step up on Corry Evans and Lewis Travis. Johnson has the tools to be a top Championship player, and Blackburn’s more physical approach may be more suited to his preferred style of play.