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Rovers face fight to secure Albion winger
BLACKBURN Rovers face a battle to land the loan signing of Jerome Thomas with West Brom yet to decide whether their winger is now available.
Thomas believed he had joined Rovers last Thursday on transfer deadline day, after putting pen to paper on a deal in the region of £600,000, but the move had to be put on hold after paperwork issues.
Rovers boss Michael Appleton spoke of his desire to bring Thomas in on loan instead when the window reopens tomorrow – before making the move permanent in the summer – but it is understoof the Baggies are yet to give the green light.
With Peter Odemwingie out of favour at the Hawthorns after his attempts to force a move fell through, and the Midlands outfit unsuccessful in their bid to sign Junior Hoilett, Thomas could still feature in Steve Clarke’s plans.
Rovers are likely to hold talks with West Brom in the next 24 hours to discuss their chances of reviving the deal, but sources close to Albion have told the Lancashire Telegraph Thomas could now stay at the Hawthorns.
Any u-turn on Thomas would be a blow to Appleton, who would swiftly shift his attentions elsewhere in his bid to add competition to Rovers’ wide positions.
With Josh King ruled out for up to two months with a hamstring injury, Rovers have no recognised right winger on their books, although Colin Kazim-Richards could be switched there.
Rovers remain hopeful of completing the loan signing of QPR striker DJ Campbell tomorrow and he could go straight into the squad for Saturday’s visit of his former side Ipswich.
Loan players can only be signed for a maximum of 93 days meaning, if Campbell signs today, he would have to return to Loftus Road for a short period before rejoining Rovers again to be eligible for any play-off campaign.
Appleton is also bidding to add a centre back to his ranks with free agent Lee Williamson also still expected to sign.
Meanwhile summer signing Edinho is set to join Indian League club Shillong Lajong on loan until the end of the season.
The 18-year-old Brazilian striker arrived from Portuguese club SC Olhanense in the summer but, after just one first team start, will be the latest to join recent departees.
Portuguese midfield Diogo Rosado completed a loan switch to Benfica last week, while compatriot Paulo Jorge will join Bulgarian club Beroe Stara Zagora on loan until the summer.
Striker Dimitri Petratos and defender Faizul Fayuti are currently on an ‘attachment’ at Blackburn Rovers as part of a link up between Kelantan FA in Malaysia and the club.
Links lining Rovers up with a £500,000 move for Petratos are understood to be well wide of the mark, with both expected to return to Kelantan next month.
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