Freiburg are open to offers for left back Chima Okoroji and will wait to see on what proposals come their way before making a decision on the future of the left back.

Rovers’ links with the 24-year-old emerged over the weekend and reports in Germany state Okoroji is among the players that Freiburg will allow to leave on a permanent deal this summer, despite still having 12 months to run on his contract.

Okoroji spent the 2020/21 season on loan with second-tier outfit Paderborn, playing 17 times, 10 of which were starts. He has struggled to make the grade at Freiburg, but has interest from Germany, with Fortuna Dusseldorf among those linked, as well as Stoke City and Rovers in the Championship.

He would be free to make a move to England due to his mum being born in Liverpool, taking out any possible complications over Brexit regulations which would impact most deals from European nations.

Bundesliga side Freiburg will wait to see what offers arrive for Okoroji but are open to selling the left back who previously spent 10 years with Bayern Munich.

Rovers are in the market for a left back, despite the January arrival of Harry Pickering from Crewe Alexandra, with Amari’i Bell set to leave at the end of his contract, while Barry Douglas has returned to parent club Leeds United, but has since been released.

Douglas played 31 times for Rovers last season, after signing a season-long loan deal, and has left the door open to a permanent return to Ewood Park should the opportunity arise this summer.

Okoroji would be a less costly addition than Douglas, who also has interest north of the border from Celtic and Rangers.

Josh Ruffels, of Oxford United, was a possible left back option, with his deal at the Kassam Stadium coming to an end, but it appears likely the 27-year-old will join Championship side Huddersfield Town who have been the early movers in this summer’s transfer window.

Pickering is expected to start as Rovers’ first choice option in that position, the 22-year-old having been loaned back to the League One club for the second half of the season after agreeing a permanent switch to Rovers in the January window for a fee in the region of £650,000.

It has been something of a problem position for Rovers in recent times, recruiting Bell, Greg Cunningham and Douglas in the last three years, with Derrick Williams having previously been a regular on the left side of the defence before first wanting to play in a more central role, and then departing permanently in March to sign for LA Galaxy.

Williams has started four games for Galaxy, after missing the opening match due to an injury which had sidelined him since December, but has since been suspended for five matches following a red card in the defeat against Portland last month.

Bell meanwhile won his second cap for Jamaica in their 1-1 draw with Serbia on Sunday night, the 26-year-old playing 90 minutes, as he did on his debut against USA in March.