Blackburn boss Steve Kean is close to completing the signing of Ajax forward Mounir El Hamdaoui, according to the Daily Mail.
While a fee for the player is to be announced, the 27-year-old is reportedly valued at around £5m.
The departure of Bret Emerton last week has only emphasized the need to bring in new attacking options to the club, and the former Spurs man is believed to be close to a move back to England.
El Hamdaoui signed for Spurs in 2005 though he never made a competitive appearance for the club. After a brief spell on loan at Derby County, the striker joined Wilhelm II, before signing for AZ Alkmaar in 2007 where his goal scoring record began to attract the attention of some of the top European clubs. El Hamdaoui scored 50 goals in just 80 games before signing for Ajax in 2010, and it is hardly surpsrising that his current record of a goal in every other game in the Eredivisie has attracted keen interest from the Blackburn boss.
Blackburn Rovers only narrowly avoided relegation last season and struggled to find goals throughout the campaign. Mortan Gamst Pedersen was the clubs top scorer with just 4 goals to his name, as the Rovers centre forwards managed just 9 league goals between them.
With the departures of Brett Emerton and Phil Jones already completed, and El-Hadji Diouf reportedly on his way out of Ewood Park, Kean has both the funds to bring in new talent, as well as the urgent need to. El Hamdaoui has proven his goal scoring ability outside of England, and will be keen to show his former employees what they missed out on 6 years ago.
Blackburn Rovers will certainly need the centre forward to replicate the form he has shown elsewhere if they are to stay clear of another battle to beat the drop – let’s just hope he likes chicken.
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