Blackburn Rovers ambitious owners are still yet to bring in a player of real quality or a player to grab the headlines. Failed attempts to sign Ronaldinho and David Beckham have lessened the impact the Indian owners will have craved. However that may soon change as Blackburn boss Steve Kean has revealed the club are trying to sign former Manchester United star Ruud van Nistelrooy.
The Dutchman is currently at Hamburg but his contract is up for renewal at the end of the summer and employers have failed to offer him a new deal. The Rovers boss told ESPNsoccernet at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday after Scotland’s clash with Brazil: “Yes, I can confirm we are interested.”
Van Nistelrooy will be 35 in July but still believes he has the ability to play at the highest level. He told the Sunday Mirror: “I am thinking about a nice club in England after this season, or a club in Spain, but I don’t think Real Madrid will come again after their efforts to bring me back in the January transfer window.”
He has achieved fantastic success in the Premier League before. While playing at Old Trafford Van Nistelrooy amassed 150 goals in 220 appearances. After an acrimonious departure to Real Madrid in the summer of 2006 the forward carried on scoring with an impressive 64 goals in 96 games for the Spanish club. His International record is also something to be admired with 39 goals in 64 appearances.
If he was able to replicate anywhere near that form then it would go someway to improving Rovers goal threat which has been pretty minimal this season. Santa Cruz loan deal has not worked out as many thought it would, Mame Biram Diouf is only loan and will head back to United, El Hadij Diouf will be offloaded in the summer along with Benjani leaving only Jason Roberts and Nikola Kalinic the only forwards available next season.
Kean will have to move quickly to get his man however as he is not the only interested party. West Ham are rumoured to be sniffing around while Spurs were also linked with the front man over the weekend.
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