Tom Cairney is the latest player poised to depart Blackburn Rovers this summer as he is close to joining Championship rivals Fulham in a deal worth up to £4million.
Rovers have already lost veteran midfielder David Dunn, striker Luke Varney and goalkeeper Paul Robinson, who have departed Ewood Park at the end of their respective contracts, while Premier League new-boys Bournemouth have snapped up Josh King.
Therefore the exit of highly-rated 24-year-old midfield man Cairney will create another huge void in boss Gary Bowyer’s squad which will need to be filled before the new Championship season gets under way at home to Wolves on August 8, which Rovers are 2.40 to win.
Ideally Rovers would keep hold of the player, who signed from Hull City on an initial loan deal in August 2013 and has gone on to become a key man in the side.
However the club are continuing to try and negotiate their way out of a transfer embargo imposed after they fell foul of the Football League’s Financial Fair Play regulations.
Therefore Cairney is set to complete his switch to Fulham where he will be looking to help the Londoners pip Rovers to promotion back to the Premier League next term.
Rovers and Fulham are currently both 8.50 respectively to be promoted in the 2014-15 Championship campaign.