Spare a thought for Steve Kean, nothing’s really going right for him, Blackburn might be playing with the commitment he wants them to (as he keeps telling anyone who will listen) but results are not going well.
But fear not Rovers fans; Kean has a plan up his sleeve, according to French website www.les-transferts.com, he is plotting a double move for Vedad Ibisevic and Jonathan dos Santos (brother of Tottenham’s Giovani).
Ibisevic would add proven quality to an attack that, although has some potential (notably in Junior Hoilett), currently lacks goals.
The Bosnian international was Hoffenheim’s top goal scorer in 2009/10 season with 12 goals and scored 18 times in 17 appearances prior to a cruciate knee injury in 2008/9.
Kean tried to sign Ibisevic in the summer, but was unable to arrange a medical until after the striker had recovered from a thigh injury.
The Mirror reports that this time Hoffenheim could be persuaded to part with him for £3.5m and that Kean will make his move in January.
With Hoilett’s future uncertain as Tottenham and Stoke circle him, Kean will want to get a new striker in who can hit the ground running, whether Ibisevic is the answer, only time will tell.
However Everton are one of a number of European clubs that are also tracking his progress so this could scupper Blackburn’s hopes of finally pushing through the deal.
Jonathan dos Santos is also on Kean’s radar as he is currently in dispute with Barcelona over a new contract.
The 21-year-old doesn’t feel he will get the chance at the Catalan club to play at the level he wants so could be tempted by a move away.
Barcelona say Blackburn scouts have been watching their B team, with the focus clearly on dos Santos.
He’s a defensive midfielder in the same vein as his brother (but unlike their Brazilian father Zizinho) and has been involved with the Mexican national team.
Bizarrely he was one of eight players send home during the Copa America for allegedly hiring prostitutes.