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Lambert wants Lawrence stay

Blackburn boss Paul Lambert says the club are hopeful of extending Tom Lawrence’s loan for the rest of the season.

The forward has impressed since arriving at Ewood Park from Leicester in the summer, making 16 appearances in total and netting two goals.

However, his deal is due to expire after the clash with Cardiff on January 2 and despite Rovers now being able to buy players after having their transfer embargo lifted, loan deals remain a key part of their recruitment policy.

Staying put could also benefit Lawrence, with the 21-year-old currently hoping to earn a place in the Wales squad for Euro 2016.

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Having missed out on an appearance in Monday’s 0-0 draw against Nottingham Forest, Lawrence will be desperate to get his chance and Lambert obviously rates him.

The Scot says he is desperate to keep the former Manchester United youngster in Lancashire and says the board have already sounded out his parent club about extending his current deal.

“We’ve touched base with Leicester and we’ll hopefully know something in the next few weeks about what is going to happen,” Lambert told the club’s official website. “Looking at Leicester you’d think they’d go out and strengthen anyway with the position they are in, but we have already spoken to them.

“If we can do it then great, Tom is certainly one I’d like to keep.”

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