Premier League

Keen’s Season Gets A Much Needed Boost As The Window Closes

Blackburn Rovers’ ex-Sporting Lispon midfielder Simon Vukcevic is a25-year-old has been at the Portuguese club since 2007, and is said to be keen on playing in the Premier League after his undisclosed fee move to Ewood.

Vukcevic has had a successful four year spell with Sporting Lisbon, scoring 28 goals in 131 appearances in across all competitions. These performances also earned him an international call up for Montenegro where he established himself as a first team regular.

Blackburn Rovers narrowly escaped being dragged in to a relegation battle last season, and boss Steve Kean is looking to strengthen his squad in order to ensure Premier League status again next term. The sale of Phil Jones and the ongoing speculation surrounding the future of Chris Samba will have left some Rovers fans demanding some fresh faces in at Ewood Park, and Vukcevic would certainly be a name these fans will be pleased to see coming in.

Some reports had suggested that the club owners Venky’s were only willing to sanction bringing players in on loan, though the deal forVukcevic is believed to be on a permanent basis. This could be one of the more ‘realistic’ targets for Blackburn Rovers after attempts to sign Raul and, at one point Ronaldinho, all quite naturally collapsed.

Though a transfer fee is yet to be announced by either club, Sporting are likely to have demanded more than the €2m they paid in 2007. Regardless of the fee, Vukcevic will provide an attacking flair to the Blackburn side that has been missing for some time, and could well provide a number of goals that could prove to be crucial in Blackburn’s bid to remain in the top flight of English football.

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