Darragh Lenihan ‘agrees’ to sign for Championship club as Rovers exit looms

Blackburn Rovers captain Darragh Lenihan is set to leave the club after agreeing a contract with Middlesbrough, according to the latest reports.

Football Insider claims the Republic of Ireland international has verbally agreed terms on a four-year contract at the Riverside, as his contract at Ewood Park expired in the summer. Rovers were keen to keep Lenihan and confirmed in their shortlist that they were in talks with the player over a new contract.

However, with him and Ryan Nyambe both over 24, players were free to talk to other clubs and Boro now appeared to have taken the plunge for the 28-year-old. Lenihan made 41 appearances for Rovers last season, with his total club appearances well above the 200 mark.

Boro boss Chris Wilder lost Neil Taylor, Lee Peltier and Sol Bamba from his side in the summer, with the experienced trio all out of contract. Lenihan has been linked with the Teesside club for a few months and will offer competition to Dael Fry, Paddy McNair and Grant Hall, should the move materialize as stated.

For Rovers, who have yet to name a manager to succeed Tony Mowbray, it would leave a big void to fill the squad and make the centre-back a key priority in the transfer window.

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