Tony Mowbray maintains Rovers are yet to receive any offers for Derrick Williams, despite reported interest from the MLS.

Mowbray told the Lancashire Telegraph earlier this month that no enquiries for the 27-year-old defender had been made.

However, reports in America suggest LA Galaxy want to sign the Republic of Ireland defender who is under contract at Ewood Park until 2021.

Galaxy, who have one point from their opening two matches in the Western Conference so far, are on the lookout for defensive recruits, and are said to have identified Williams as an option.

The current MLS transfer windows runs until May 5, with the next available opportunity to sign players coming on July 7.

The three-capped defender is fit-again after a calf problem ruled him out for a month, but has featured just 19 times this season, and only once in 2020.

However, his versatility remains key to the side, with Williams largely having played left back during his early days at Ewood following a £250,000 move from Bristol City in 2016, but he is now preferring to focus on competing for a spot in the centre of defence.

The defender was named player of the year in his debut season at Rovers and missed just one match in the League One promotion campaign of 2017/18.

And despite the reported interest from the US, where Williams’ father was born, Mowbray said nothing is yet to materialise.

He said: “It’s all gone very quiet. I saw the reports about it and there’s no question to answer really.

“Derrick’s our player and he’s an important player as he has been for three years for us, so unless somebody picks up the phone and makes us offers for our players we’ve got no questions to answer.

“It might be rumours, it might be something with real substance behind it, but at the moment there’s no question to answer.”

Williams will hope his return to fitness will enable him to be called up for Ireland’s Euro 2020 play-off with Slovakia later this month, should the games go ahead.

When first asked about the possible interest in the former Aston Villa youngster, Mowbray said: “My first reaction is that it’s ludicrous, it’s silly, why would we weaken our squad by losing a player who might not be playing in the team at this moment but he’s a solid, experienced, sound player who’s played a lot of football for this club in several positions.”