Club Focus – Blackburn – Rovers soak up winter sun as speculation continues

Steve Kean’s Blackburn Rovers squad may currently be soaking up the sun in Dubai; however the speculation surrounding the club simply never stops these days. Rovers have travelled abroad because they do not have a fixture this weekend, meaning the players can spend time recharging their batteries as preparation for some tough upcoming Premier League games. Nevertheless, with the squad away and despite the fact that the transfer window is firmly shut, the Blues are once again being linked with a big-money move for an international star.

Montenegrin forward Mirko Vucinic is reportedly the latest big name on Venky’s radar as the club’s new Indian owners continue to search for a marquee signing to further advance their Rovers revolution. The 27-year-old Roma striker has been linked with a £16million move to Ewood Park in recent days as Venky’s step up their attempts to put the Lancashire club on the world map and make them a force fit for European competition.

Having scored almost one goal every three games during the course of his career, Vucinic is by no means the deadliest striker on the planet, nonetheless the former Lecce star is skilled and has Champions League experience. And with the likes of Juventus and Liverpool thought to have shown some interest in Vucinic in the past, the forward could prove to be a significant capture for Rovers if they manage to seal a deal.

However, Blues supporters have been here before. The Lancashire outfit were linked with an audacious move for Brazilian superstar Ronaldinho in January, and the owners also tried to lure former England captain David Beckham to the North West. However, neither of them were bought and some fans may have their doubts as to whether the interest in Vucinic is genuine or just another hopeful story. Venky’s are willing to spend the money, as shown by the arrival of exciting Argentinean attacking midfielder Mauro Formica and former Barcelona youngster Ruben Rochina last month, but whether Rovers’ new owners are willing to spend huge sums of money remains to be seen.

In addition to this, Kean already has plenty of strikers at his disposal. Kalinic, Benjani, Roberts, Santa Cruz, Mame Diouf and Rochina can all play up front, leaving the question to be asked as to where exactly Vucinic would fit in. Indeed, Diouf and Santa Cruz are only on loan, so could be sent back, nevertheless the club would still have to make further cutbacks to this department in order to make space for the Roma forward. Again, we will have to wait and see how likely this is.

The owners should be applauded for targeting experienced players like Vucinic. Indeed, prior to the takeover, Rovers had rarely been linked with big-name players for many years, so these could prove to be exciting times for the supporters. Nonetheless, the Blues are currently light in the full-back areas and are also desperately in need of a driving force or two in central midfield. It would be far more satisfying if the club were being linked with quality players to play in these key positions.

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