Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Mogga Keen to Keep Harry at Rovers on Permanent Basis

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Mogga Keen to Keep Harry at Rovers on Permanent Basis

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Byline: DOMINIC SHAW dominic.shaw@trinitymirror.com @DOMSHAWGAZETTE

BLACKBURN want to sign Harry Chapman on a permanent deal this month but Boro are understood to be reluctant to let the promising youngster leave for good.

The 20-year-old talent is hugely popular with the Rovers fans and very highly thought of by Tony Mowbray, having impressed in a loan spell at Ewood in the early stages of the season.

Chapman tore his hamstring in October and has been back at Boro for treatment. However Mowbray has kept in touch with the tricky winger, who still travelled to Dublin with the Blackburn squad for their Christmas celebrations last month.

After undergoing surgery on his hamstring injury, Chapman is back in light training but it's too early to say when he's likely to be ready to return to action and whether he'll play again this season.

He did, however, tweet to say: "Good to have the boots back on and be back on the grass this week, still working hard and improving every day."

Rather than focus on the short-term, though, Mowbray is instead keen on signing the Hartlepool youngster on a permanent deal.

Boro don't want to lose the youngster, but his contract is due to expire in the summer. It's not clear at this stage whether talks over an extension have taken place.

While Rovers would love to push through a deal for the attacker, there's an acceptance at Blackburn that a lot would have to fall into place quite quickly in the coming days for there to be any chance of them getting their man.

Interestingly, given Chapman's current injury, Mowbray talked about signing players for the future when quizzed on his transfer plans for the coming days this week. "There's maybe one or two additions that could still happen but really to bolster the group it will be for the future rather than for me to improve what's on the grass at the moment," he told the Lancashire Telegraph. …

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