Joe Nuttall has interest from League One and League Two clubs should Rovers sanction a loan move for the young striker in January.

Nuttall has been back to his goalscoring best for the Under-23s of late, scoring eight in four games, including a brace at Arsenal on Monday night.

A decision on whether the 21-year-old will be allowed to leave Rovers is yet to be made and could be dependent on boss Tony Mowbray brining in a new striker next month.

But a trio of League One clubs, and three more in League Two, have expressed an interest in taking Nuttall on loan until the end of the season.

He has found opportunities at first team level hard to come by this season, having not featured since September 2, but was the top scorer in Premier League 2 last term and had loan interest in the summer, with Accrington Stanley keen.

Nuttall was an unused sub for the 4-2 win over Sheffield Wednesday on December 1 but is understood to be relaxed about his immediate future.

Speaking of Nuttall earlier this month, Rovers boss Mowbray said: “Joe Nuttall has had a few opportunities (in the Rovers team).

“I have had a few chats with Joe, I think he has dropped off a bit from the hungry monster that arrived and scored with virtually every kick he had.

“That’s not quite where he’s at, he needs to rediscover that hunger and prove he can be a first team player on a regular basis.”

Should Rovers agree to Nuttall leaving on loan then they will be keen to see him further his development with matchday minutes, which will make a decision over which club he joins crucial.

Nuttall has responded to his manager’s comments in recent weeks with goals against West Ham United, Doncaster Rovers, Swansea City and Arsenal at Under-23 level.

The striker initially arrived at Ewood on trial after leaving Aberdeen in the summer of 2017, before earning a permanent contract which then became long-term deal in January.

He started life in the first team with five goals in seven games, but has scored just once at senior level since, in the 4-1 win over Lincoln City in the Carabao Cup in August.

But Under-23 boss Damien Johnson feels the youngster has regained his hunger, praising his hard work behind the scenes.

Johnson said: “We always talk about that when lads go up in to the first team squad on a full-time basis which Joe had done, but not playing regularly, and missing games for us, means you can fall between the cracks a little bit in terms of the intensity of your training and match minutes.

“Maybe Joe suffered a bit from that, but the onus is always on the player and individual to make sure they keep themselves going.

“In the last month Joe has done that and he’s taken on board the manager’s messages.

“He’s been asking to do extra sessions with our group in the afternoon, he’s been doing that for the last month, and I think we’re seeing the benefits of that now.”