Sam Allardyce is weighing up a move for Stoke striker James Beattie according to The Sun. The 31-year-old started his career with Blackburn and they are now looking to bring him back to improve their struggling strike-force.
Blackburn have struggled for goals this season with only one goal in their last six league games. Summer signing Nikola Kalinic has yet to settle and there is a strong possibility that Benni McCarthy will leave the club next month as he seeks regular first-team football with one eye on the World Cup. Blackburn do not have much in the way of funds and any move for Beattie will need to be financed by the sale of either McCarthy or some other player. Allardyce stated
“Unless one leaves, we won’t be in for another striker. We haven’t enough room for anybody – be it James or anybody else.”
Beattie’s future at Stoke has been uncertain since his infamous dressing-room bust-up with Stoke boss Tony Pulis. Though they have both publicly stated that the matter has been dealt with, it is widely known that a realistic bid for the striker will be accepted as the board has decided to support Pulis over the matter. Beattie has only the two league goals this season and he rarely plays an entire game for Stoke. When he starts he is taken off after around 65 minutes and now that Tuncay is beginning to settle, he is finding himself on the bench more often.
Allardyce has a reputation for reigniting the careers of veterans and Beattie showed last year that he still has what it takes to be a success in the top division. A move back to Blackburn could work out well for both parties.
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