Date: 2nd August 2017 at 3:27pm
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Blackburn have fended off another bid from Sheffield United for Darragh Lenihan, according to Sky Sports.

Having already turned down reported bids below and above £500,000 last month an improved offer of £1.25m has been claimed to kick off August as the Championship side aim to prise the defender away from Ewood Park.

Rovers don’t want to sell Lenihan, 23, but Sheffield United are ‘determined’ to sign him.

‘The Blades are determined to land the former Republic of Ireland U21 international and have had a series of offers knocked back, with the latest bid believed to be £1.25m,’ said Sky.

With two years on his Blackburn deal there’s no immediate pressure to sell the former Republic of Ireland U21 international, which Tony Mowbray has no interest in doing so, apparently.

Meanwhile, one of those to arrive at Ewood Park this summer, Richie Smallwood, has looked back at the final pre-season defeat against Carlisle at Brunton Park as a potential good thing in some way.

The experienced midfielder told the Official Website we’ll have ‘bad days’ in League One this season but we’ll have to make sure we learn from them with the friendly defeat a ‘reality check’ ahead of Southend, which he can’t wait for.

‘You have your bad days and your bad nights and when you do you can only learn from them. We will certainly do that. They are the types of games that we will need to pick points up from on the road this season,’ said Smallwood.

Adding: ‘It was a good reality check for the lads but we’re all looking forward to the season and hopefully we can get our first away win of the season. It’s finally here, the lads are looking good, fit, and we all can’t wait.’

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