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Blackburn Rovers confident Kazim-Richards will stay
BLACKBURN Rovers last night remained confident Colin Kazim-Richards would be staying at Ewood Park until at least the end of the season – despite sources in Turkey expecting a move to Bursaspor to be confirmed today.
Rovers were left bemused at reports emanating from Turkey yesterday claiming that Kazim-Richards’ parent club Galatasaray had agreed to end his season-long loan deal at Rovers and sell him to their Turkish rivals.
The terms of his loan deal in East Lancashire mean that Rovers, Galatasaray and the player himself would have to agree to the cutting short of his stay at Ewood Park, with the club having had no approach from the Turkish giants.
Club officials insist Kazim-Richards’ representatives told them last night they were unaware of any developments, with boss Michael Appleton fully expecting to have him available for selection once the transfer window slams shut on Thursday.
Turkish sources have told the Lancashire Telegraph Bursaspor are confident they will capture Kazim-Richards’ signing and expect Galatasaray to make contact with the Ewood Park outfit today.
Rovers owners Venky’s meanwhile had given the green light for the club to make Kazim-Richards’ stay in England permanent this summer – should Appleton decide he has a long term future.
Kazim-Richards’ departure would be a blow to Rovers’ hopes of securing an unlikely play-off spot after the Turkish international’s last couple of performances, with time running out to find a replacement.
Meanwhile, boss Appleton will today continue his search for new faces before Thursday evening as he looks to strengthen with at least three signings.
Departures from Ewood are also expected, with David Goodwillie understood to be attracting interest from several clubs including Championship rivals Blackpool.
Want-away French defender Gael Givet remains in limbo at Rovers with a shortage of suitors prepared to match his desired personal terms.
Givet’s representative has made it clear Givet wants an Ewood exit, unless a request for more money is accepted, but no official bid has yet been received for the centre back.
Paul Robinson’s future is another that is shrouded in uncertainty but it is understood Rovers would listen to offers for the former England number one - who is expected to resume training this week after a lengthy absence through injury.
Portuguese giants Benfica are chasing Rovers’ summer signing Diogo Rosado, who has struggled to make an impact since signing from Sporting Lisbon in the summer.
Meanwhile former West Brom defender Darren Moore will be unveiled as Blackburn Rovers’ new first team coach, after Gray Bowyer opted to stay with the development squad.
Moore, 38, has been working as a youth team coach at West Brom, where he worked with Appleton.
He joins assistant manager Ashley Westwood, Portsmouth’s former head of recruitment and fitness coach Chris Neville in making up Appleton’s backroom staff.
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