Skysports.com understands Blackburn are ready to join the chase for Preston North End starlet Adam Barton.
A number of clubs are tracking the highly-rated 20-year-old after he impressed for Preston last season.
The 20-year-old was Preston's shining light last term as they suffered relegation from the Championship.
As a result of their relegation Preston are now facing a fight to keep the talented midfielder at Deepdale.
Stoke had been regarded as favourites to sign Barton, with Potters boss Tony Pulis having watched the player on several occasions last season.
However, Blackburn are now prepared to enter the fray for the promising youngster as Steve Kean looks to bolster his squad.
Rovers, along with a number of other clubs, are thought to have watched Barton in action this pre-season as they weigh up making moves for the player.