Blackburn Club Focus – Kean keen on Keane?

Blackburn Rovers, one of the Premier League’s lowest scoring teams from last season, are currently looking to splash the cash on some new strikers. The Lancashire outfit managed to find the net only on 46 occasions in the top-flight during the last campaign and worryingly, less than half of those strikes came on home soil. In fact, only relegated Birmingham City were less of a threat at home, with their 20 goals at St Andrews beaten by Rovers’ 22 goals at Ewood Park. However, manager Steve Kean is now hoping to solve Rovers’ goalscoring problems by targeting some proven forwards.

One striker who has been heavily linked with a move to Ewood Park this week is Tottenham’s Robbie Keane. The 30-year-old is no longer needed at Spurs and Harry Redknapp is looking to trim his squad, therefore Keane is a realistic target for Rovers. And the well-travelled forward certainly knows how to find the back of the net – Keane recently became the first Irish player to score more than 50 goals for his country following a brace against Macedonia earlier this month. His tally of 51 goals from 108 appearances at international level is impressive and so is his record at club level, where he has scored over 200 career goals. But the major question is, how keen is Kean on Keane?

At the moment the Rovers boss is quite interested, though the two clubs disagree over the value of the player. Recent reports suggest that the Blues’ £2m bid for Keane has been rejected, with Spurs looking to sell at triple that price. Many fans of the Lancashire outfit appear to be disgruntled with Keane’s £6m price tag and have questioned his fitness and recent form. There are suggestions that a £4m bid could seal the deal for a player who is earning a high salary at White Hart Lane, but whether Rovers increase their reported offer remains to be seen.

Meanwhile, a couple of more ambitious targets – Mirko Vucinic and Emmanuel Adebayor – have seemingly ruled out moves to Lancashire. Montenegro striker Vucinic has been linked with Rovers for many weeks; however his agent has poured cold water over any possible move by claiming “Mirko deserves a more prestigious side.” Similarly, Manchester City forward Adebayor appears to have dismissed any chance of a move to Ewood Park after saying: “I can only go where we play to win a trophy or win the championship and not to play mid-table. It is clear that I will not (win trophies) at Zenit or Blackburn.”

Despite being snubbed by the high-profile players, Kean will aim to add more firepower to his current squad before the new season begins. Keane would be a reasonable gamble if Spurs and Rovers can agree a sensible fee, while there could yet be a big-money swoop for Freiburg star Papiss Cisse, who could cost around £12m. Some Rovers fans may be panicking at the lack of transfer activity so far, but with Kean eager to improve the team and Venky’s still as determined as ever, this summer could still be a very busy one.

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