Blackburn Rovers; Jan 2008 Transfer window round-up - Week 1


Colin Illingworth

Colin is a sub-editor on a regional newspaper and is a die-hard Aberdeen fan. He's prepared to sell his soul to the Devil for the Dons to return to their former glory so Satan, if you're reading this, give him a call!...
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07/01/2008 09:00:00.
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Mark Hughes has an eye for talent and will be keen to turn things around at Ewood Park to keep their European dreams for next season alive. The Rovers have won just once in their past 12 outings and are out of all cup competitions and Hughes must be looking for an impetus of fresh blood to rejuvenate the squad.

One man who looks to be on his way out of Ewood Park is the pantomime villain Robbie Savage. The former Welsh international has struggled for first team starts this season and Hughes is apparently willing to let Savage go, and there is no shortage of suitors for his signature.

The new year started with Premiership strugglers Sunderland (Mirror 02/01/08) and Championship billionaires Queen’s Park Rangers (Telegraph 02/01/08) expressing an interest with doomed Derby County and Roy Hodgson’s Fulham (The Sun 03/01/08) also joining the race. Hughes is holding out for £1.5 million for the in-your-face midfielder, but it’s evident that Savage doesn’t have a future at Ewood Park with Blackburn wanting to sign out-of-favour Chelsea midfielder Steve Sidwell (News of the World 06/01/08). However, they may face a battle from Roy Keane’s Sunderland, who wants to take the former Reading star on loan.

Derby County boss Paul Jewell reportedly wants to team up with his former Wigan star Jason Roberts (03/01/08) again. It was at the JJB that Roberts enjoyed the best spell of his career and Derby County are crying out for somebody to put the ball in the back of the net. However, Mark Hughes is reluctant to see Roberts leave and has slapped a £4 million price tag on his head.

Two players who Blackburn are keeping tabs on are South African utility man Lance Davids (Telegraph 02/01/08) and Levski Sofia striker Valeri Domovchiyski (The Sun 03/01/08). Davids, who plays for Swedish side Djugardens, could be a suitable replacement for Savage, while Domovchiyski, who has recently been on a five-day trial at Ewood Park, is reportedly on the verge of agreeing terms with Mark Hughes ( 06/01/08). Could the 21-year-old’s imminent arrival allow Hughes to let South African international striker Benni McCarthy, who has failed to repeat last season’s exploits, leave the club?

Premier League Jan 2008 Transfer Window - Week 1 Round-up

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