BLACKBURN want Cardiff’s Mark Harris after missing out on a deadline swoop.
Rovers targeted the Welsh striker, 24, for cover but City surprisingly quoted a £700,000 fee.
Blackburn did not want to pay for the star and now hope to sign him for nothing when his deal expires this summer.
Rovers scout Gus Williams knows Harris well after working with him in the national team.
Stoke and Wigan were also put off by the fee but could go back in for his signature.
Harris has played 32 times in all competitions this season, scoring three goals.
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He is capable of playing as a striker or on either flank.
Cardiff are happy to have kept him with the club sitting 21st in the Championship table, just two points above the relegation zone.
Harris has been capped five times for the Welsh national side and was named in their squad for the World Cup in Qatar.
He previously had loan spells at Newport, Port Vale and Wrexham earlier in his career.
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Harris was not the only deal that Blackburn saw fail to materialise in the January window after seeing a bid for Todd Cantwell turned down by Norwich.
Additionally, a paperwork disaster prevented them from signing Nottingham Forest's Lewis O'Brien.
Blackburn are keen to add a striker to their ranks with main man Ben Brereton Diaz set to leave the club in the summer.
After much Premier League interest it appears Villarreal may have won the battle to sign him with a reported pre-contract agreement in place.
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