Blackburn Rovers manager Owen Coyle confirms Tommy Spurr talks

Blackburn Rovers Tommy Spurr

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Owen Coyle has revealed that Blackburn have offered a new deal to out-of-contract defender Tommy Spurr. The 28-year-old has made 84 appearances for the club since joining from Doncaster in the summer of 2013 but looked as if he could be set to depart Ewood Park having failed to agree fresh terms.

However, he has now been offered a new deal but the same cannot be said for goalkeeper Simon Eastwood, centre-back Matt Kilgallon, midfielders Chris Taylor and Lee Williamson, and strikers Simeon Jackson, Chris Brown and Nathan Delfouneso, who all look set to depart when their contracts expire on July 1.

Coyle was recently appointed as Paul Lambert’s successor in the Rovers’ hotseat and obviously sees Spurr as part of his plans for next season.

The left-back missed the closing stages of the 2015-16 campaign with an Achilles injury but previously said he was confident of being ready for pre-season.

The boss says he is keen to keep the former Sheffield Wednesday star but admits the player and his representative are talking to other clubs.

“We have spoken with Tommy and with his agent and, if there’s a deal to be done with Blackburn Rovers, then that’s one we’d certainly like to conclude,” said Coyle.

“Having said that I’m sure his agent will have been speaking to a number of clubs in those weeks since the season ended.
“With that in mind we’ll keep continuing the dialogue. There’s nothing over the line on that one but, as I say, we’ll keep continuing the dialogue.”

Blackburn are currently on offer at 41.00 to win the 2016-17 Championship outright, with Newcastle leading the betting at 3.40, while Norwich and Aston Villa are both priced at 10.00.

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