When news happens, text LT and your photos and videos to 80360. Or contact us by email or phone.
Blackburn Rovers hope Rekik can feature at Arsenal
1:54pm Thursday 14th February 2013 in Sport
MICHAEL Appleton has confirmed that Blackburn Rovers hope to complete a loan deal for Karim Rekik in time for the defender to be available for Saturday’s FA Cup match at Arsenal.
Rovers are due to sign the Dutch teenager on loan from Manchester City, with Rekik at Brockhall today to complete the deal.
The 18-year-old, who spent time on loan at Portsmouth during Michael Appleton’s time at Fratton Park, has also tweeted to say he is joining Rovers.
A deal must be completed by noon tomorrow for Rekik to be available at Arsenal, with the defender not cup tied despite being an unused substitute for City in the previous two rounds.
Rovers had a deadline mishap at the end of January, as they were unable to complete deals for DJ Campbell and Jerome Thomas before the transfer window closed, but Appleton is hopeful the Rekik loan will go through swiftly.
“We’ve just got to dot the ‘i’s and cross the ‘t’s,” the Rovers boss said.
“I don’t want to get carried away after what happened last time.
“But we’re hopeful it will be done in time for Saturday and he will be a very good addition for us defensively.”