As Blackburn’s quest for promotion to the Premier League slowly looks to be stagnating, reported Everton target Adam Armstrong could be available for a Goodison Park switch – provided Blackburn remain in the Championship next season.

Rovers boss Tony Mowbray was candidly open on his receptiveness to the sale of Armstrong – provided a fee from Everton or other suitors could match Blackburn’s demands.

Speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph after a 1-1 draw with Coventry City – a result that left Rivers 12 points adrift of the top six spots – the manager discussed Armstrong’s future:

“Of course, if the Premier League comes calling I would never try and deny a player the chance to go and play in the Premier League as long as the club is recompensed correctly for the value we thought and what we could reinvest.

“That’s a potential scenario. The other scenario is that he stays, signs a new deal and scores loads and loads of goals and helps us get to the Premier League.

“Footballers and the power they have, they can sort of dictate a little bit of course. Let’s wait and see.

“I hope Adam feels he’s at the right place, I’ve had Adam before at Coventry, he scored 20 goals that season, he’s still a relatively young player.

“He’ll have to keep scoring goals, he’s done very well so far.

“Let’s see what time brings. He’s not the only asset we’ve got at this club, I think we’ve got three or four really good assets that would be quite expensive in the market.

“Hopefully they all want to stay and help this club get to where we want to get to.”

West Ham, Fulham and Everton have all been linked in previous reports with the prolific hitman Armstrong and will be eyeing Mowbray’s comments carefully.

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With Josh King on a short-term deal and with a lack of minutes afford to him, Dominic Calvert-Lewin is the only out-and-out natural striker seriously in Carlo Ancelotti’s thinking.

Armstrong could be an ideal challenger available reasonably if Blackburn fail to make it to the highest echelon of English football, and Mowbray’s comments are clear cause for encouragement.