Blackburn agree to sign Tottenham winger Dilan Markanday in a permanent deal that could be worth more than £1million, with a regular first-team football offer too good for the youngster to turn down
- Dilan Markanday is expected to move to Blackburn early next week
- Rovers will pay £500,000 initially, but the deal could cost more than £1m
- Tottenham would have liked to keep the 20-year-old winger and have him loaned out
- Markanday has scored 12 goals in 14 appearances for Spurs under 23 this season
Blackburn Rovers are hoping to complete the signing of Dilan Markanday early next week after agreeing a deal with Tottenham for the winger.
Blackburn will initially pay £500,000 for the 20-year-old with performance and team-related bonuses that could push the final fee above £1million.
There is also a significant resale clause included in the deal with Markanday’s Blackburn Medical that may take place this weekend.
Dilan Markanday made his first team debut for Tottenham against Vitesse Arnhem in October
A product of the Spurs academy, Barnet-born Markanday has played for their under-23s on several occasions this season, scoring 12 times and scoring a further five goals in just 14 games.
Tony Mowbray has led Blackburn to third in the championship this season
Markanday has also scored two goals in three EFL Trophy appearances and made his first-team debut in the Europa Conference League against Vitesse Arnhem in October, becoming the first British Asian to play for Spurs.
But Markanday has not been selected for the first team since, despite his continued impressive form for their reserves, he opted to move on, with just six months left on his contract.
Spurs had hoped to agree a contract extension with Markanday before loaning him, but Blackburn’s desire to sign him permanently and offer regular first-team football was more appealing.
Blackburn are currently third in the championship and were keen to bolster their expanded options after losing a loan from Leeds, Ian Carlo Poveda, through injury.