Portsmouth are said to have received ‘tentative enquiries’ over the future of 15-goal forward Ronan Curtis.

That is a similar approach Rovers took with regards the Republic of Ireland international in January 2020 when they first showed interest in the 25-year-old attacker.

Rovers were put off by Pompey’s valuation then, Curtis later signing a deal through to the summer of 2023, with the club’s budget of £1.1m for the January window not stretching far enough as they went without making an addition.

Portsmouth CEO Mark Catlin last week revealed the club hadn’t received any firm offer for Curtis, or any other play, but didn’t shut the door on a possible exit should their valuation be reached.

The Portsmouth News have now reported that ‘tentative enquiries’ have been made, with Cardiff City, Reading and Derby County also linked with the wide player.

Curtis’ agent gave encouragement to the chasing pack by revealing his client was ready to cut ties with Pompey, despite still having two years left to run on his contract in a bid to fulfil his international ambitions.

This is the latest update in what threatens to turn into a transfer saga over the course of the summer.

With finances tight, speculation is likely to be high, but movement little as club’s look to balance their books, with both Pompey and Rovers no different.

Tony Mowbray will be in the market for at least one attacker this summer, with Harvey Elliott having returned to Liverpool after an impressive loan spell in which he scored seven times and added 11 assists.

Rovers’ transfer budget has been set, but Mowbray has already indicated that it will mainly be dictated to what happens with 28-goal top scorer Adam Armstrong.

He is into the final 12 months of his deal, one Rovers are looking to extend, and have held talks since the season finished about the prospect of doing that.

However, the list of admirers of Armstrong is high, West Ham and Fulham having outlined their interest, with Everton and Brighton among those keen in the 24-year-old.

Rovers will hold out for at least £20m for Armstrong, not least given the fact Newcastle United have a 40 per cent sell-on clause on any profit on the £1.75m deal that took him to Ewood Park in 2018.