Blackburn boss Paul Ince is lining up a surprise move for Fulham full back Paul Konchesky, according to the Daily Mirror.

Ince has made an audacious bid to lure the former Charlton left back away from Craven Cottage in order to strengthen his defensive options. Konchesky could become a first team regular at Ewood Park should England international Stephen Warnock leave for Newcastle.

Warnock is understood to be keen on a move to the north east but a deal appears dependent on the Magpies splashing the cash. Rovers are ready to hold on for more than £5m for the former Liverpool left back and they are ready to try and seal a £2m move for Konchesky, who had been a target of former Rovers manager Mark Hughes before he landed Warnock eighteen months ago.

Fulham are likely to resist Rovers’ approach for Konchesky. The 27 year-old is thought to be a key part of Roy Hodgson’s plans after firmly establishing himself as the club’s leading left back after joining the Whites from West Ham in July 2007. They would laugh at a bid of around £2m considering how they shelled out £3.25m for his services under Lawrie Sanchez.