Rangers are reportedly closing in on a January deal for Blackburn midfielder Joe Rothwell – but only this summer was he being linked to the Premier League.

Football League World reported that the Gers are “almost certain” to move for the dynamic midfielder in the next transfer window in a move that will interest Gers fans.

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Rangers are reportedly set to move for Joe Rothwell in the January window. (Photo by Jon Hobley/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The player had initially been linked by the Scottish Sun earlier in October.

The latest FLW report claims Blackburn officials have all but conceded they’re likely to lose Rothwell to Rangers this January rather than lose him for nothing in the summer.

Rothwell, 26, is in the final year of his contract and is free to discuss terms in January with Blackburn facing a dilemma over whether to move the player on in the next window.

That report claims a trio of Premier League clubs in Southampton, Norwich and Brentford are all interested amid the Rangers links, with Bournemouth also mentioned.

But according to reports from the summer, high-flying Premier League outfit Brentford were interested in signing Rothwell only a few months ago.

High-flying Brentford linked to Joe Rothwell

Newly-promoted Brentford have already begun punching above their weight in the English Premier League and much is this down to a patient moneyball method of recruitment.

The club have bought low and sold high for a number of years and after seasons of steady progress find themselves in the English top flight and currently 9th in the Premier League.

Linked most prominently by Football Insider in the summr, Brentford are the side most routinely linked to Rothwell and this does say something interesting about the player.

Should the interest have been legitimate it suggests that Brentford have identified Rothwell as a low-risk investment which could have sizeable rewards.

For Rangers fans unsure of the move for Rothwell, any prospective Brentford interest bodes well for the reputation of a player plenty will know little about.

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Joe Rothwell came through the youth ranks at Man United. (Photo by Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

Rothwell is a Man United Academy graduate who played on loan at Blackpool and Barnsley before settling at Oxford United and then Blackburn.

The midfielder is in his third season at Blackburn Rovers and at the time of writing has made 131 appearances for the Ewood Park club, netting nine goals and laying on 12 assists.

Speaking of summer transfer links, read more about why one Premier League manager has been biting back amid criticism surrounding a Premier League wonderkid.

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