Rovers did just that, however the local Covid-19 rates mean they have had their request turned down. The club will continue to lobby for supporters to be allowed back inside Ewood Park, and will push for their October 3 fixture with Cardiff City to get the go ahead. The fixtures in question are Luton v Derby, Middlesbrough v Bournemouth and Norwich v Preston in the Championship, Blackpool v Swindon, Charlton v Doncaster, Shrewsbury v Northampton and Hull v Crewe in League One and Forest Green Rovers v Bradford, Carlisle v Southend and Morecambe v Cambridge in League Two.
The striker had missed out on the pre-season training camp in York, and Newcastle refused to comment on his absence. Sportsmail understood, however, that the club had been trying to move him on and believed his future was away from St James' Park. Yoshi is a smashing lad.
However, those talks have now gone cold giving Rovers the chance to revisit a deal for the free agent defender who has been among their top targets all summer. The move could happen quickly given a medical had already been carried out, with a three-year deal thought to be in the offing. Another addition in central defence is likely to depend on whether either of the MLS clubs interested in Derrick Williams, DC United or LA Galaxy, reach Rovers' valuation for the 27-year-old.
|Promotion (League Winners): Queens Park Rangers|
|Promotion (League Position): Reading|
|Promotion (Play Off): Bournemouth, Bristol City, Birmingham City, Luton Town|
|Relegation (League Position): Derby County, Nottingham Forest, Sheffield Wednesday|