Reputable journalist Alan Nixon has appeared to confirm Rangers’ interest in Blackburn Rovers midfielder Joe Rothwell.

Nixon took to Twitter to claim the Gers are looking at a pre-contract deal for the player with 26-year-old Rothwell said to bring “midfield energy”.

The journalist also gave his two cents on the player when asked by a fan.

This was after the same journalist launched a transfer exclusive on the Gers’ apparent interest in the Scottish Sun over the weekend.

Reportedly linked with Premier League Brentford over the summer, Rothwell’s contract expires at the end of the season and he is free to discuss terms with Rangers in January.

A Manchester United Academy graduate, Rothwell is a key player for Blackburn Rovers and is currently in his fourth season at Ewood Park.

An ever-present for the side this season, the influential midfielder is widely regarded as one of the Championship side’s top assets and Rothwell could prove a solid acquisition on a free transfer.

However, according to Nixon’s report in the Scottish Sun, Rovers will now look to sell the player in January in an apparent attempt to recoup some sort of fee for the player.

The journalist claims that Blackburn were willing to offload the player in the summer in an attempt to retain the services of striker Adam Armstrong.

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Rangers have been linked with a move for Joe Rothwell of Blackburn. The midfielder has played 130 games for the Championship side, netting eight goals and eleven assists. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

However, following Danny Ings’ £25m move to Aston Villa, Armstrong moved to Southampton in a reported £15m deal.

The report comes after Ibrox manager Steven Gerrard had bemoaned a lack of spending at Ibrox over the last few windows.

After the Ibrox side crashed to a 1-0 defeat to Sparta Prague, Gerrard was clear the club need to spend just to compete at Europa League level.

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