Blackburn boss Steve Kean has been told to seek loan deals rather than permanent transfers with the closing of the transfer window drawing closer.
According to the Daily Mirror, the finances that Kean believed were available during this window have been significantly reduced, and the Blackburn manager is now hoping to secure loan deals rather than the big signings he was reported to have been initially interested in.
Despite the sale of both Phil Jones and Nikola Kalinic, the Venky’s have been unable to keep costs down since taking over the club and Steve Kean is believed to have contacted Manchester United about the possible loan of both Darron Gibson and Danny Welbeck.
After narrowly escaping relegation last season, Kean will be desperate to strengthen his relatively thin squad, and with the future of Christopher Samba still to be resolved, such additions would be required sooner rather than later.
Welbeck was on loan at Sunderland last season and his 6 league goals in 26 appearances attracted an array of interest from other clubs, however also alerted Manchester United to a talent they could benefit from themselves. United are believed to have turned down a loan request from Sunderland for their forward, and it seems somewhat unlikely therefore that they would allow him to go elsewhere.
Welbeck has vowed to fight for a place in United’s first team, and Sir Alex appears keen to give the youngster the opportunity he has been waiting for with the champions of England.
Darron Gibson’s future at United would appear to be less certain. The retirement of Paul Scholes will have a left a void in United’s midfield that is difficult to fill, but Sir Alex does have the likes of Carrick, Anderson, Cleverley, Park, and even Ryan Giggs at his disposal, and has been linked with Wesley Sneijder for most of the summer period.
Gibson only made 12 league appearances with United last season, and was reported to have been on the brink of a move to Sunderland, with the players salary demands causing the deal to break down.
While both Welbeck and Gibson would be welcome additions at Ewood Park, it seems that only Gibson is a realistic target for Steve Kean. If, as reports have suggested, Ferguson was prepared to allow Gibson to move to Sunderland on a permanent basis, then a loan move to Blackburn Rovers could well be on the cards. Welbeck however, looks set to remain at Old Trafford at least for the time being, and Kean will have to turn his attentions elsewhere – though one thing is certain: a goal scorer is needed at Ewood Park.