Motherwell and Aberdeen chase Blackburn's Gunning

Motherwell and Aberdeen are interested in signing Republic of Ireland Under-21 international defender Gavin Gunning on loan from Blackburn Rovers.

Gunning spent the second half of last season at Fir Park after similar loan spells at Bury, Tranmere and Rotherham.

He collected a Scottish Cup runners-up medal at the end of the campaign as Motherwell lost to Celtic.

Both clubs want the 20-year-old for the season but any deal would more likely be six months to begin with.

The Dublin-born player started 15 matches for Stuart McCall's side last season and was brought to the club to give the manager greater options in central defence and at left-back.