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Rovers reject Bunn offer
BLACKBURN Rovers have rejected a bid for goalkeeper Mark Bunn from Premier League Norwich City – as they continue to try keep the majority of their squad together.
Many feared a mass squad exodus this summer in the wake of Premier League relegation but, to date, the expected string of exits have not happened.
The Lancashire Telegraph understand Rovers rejected a bid in the region of £500,000 for Bunn from the Canaries out of hand and do not expect either him or number one Paul Robinson to quit this summer.
Bunn will not be fit for Saturday’s big Championship kick off at Ipswich, and could be on the sidelines for another month having suffered a recurrence of a hip injury he has suffered from for most of the summer.
Robinson is the man of possession of the number one shirt for the start of the campaign but Rovers are keen to keep hold of Bunn to provide the necessary competition between the posts.
Rovers have lost Junior Hoilett to QPR and Yakubu to China this summer but don’t plan on letting many of their other players leave before the transfer window shuts at the end of August..
Midfielder Steven Nzonzi remains the exception, with him available for loan having handed in a transfer request, but Rovers are yet to receive firm interest in him.
Swedish international Martin Olsson remains on the sidelines due to injury but, despite his agent insisting the player wants out, the Lancashire Telegraph understand Rovers do not want to sell.
They have already rejected a bid for the left sided player from an unnamed Premier League club and received no firm contact from anyone about defender Scott Dann.
The centre back has been reported as being a target for a host of Premier League clubs, but no firm bids have been made.
Boss Kean said: “We have had no bids for Scott and he has played a big part in our pre season.
“We expect him to be in our squad still for the Championship, despite the speculation there has been about him.”
Meanwhile, the Lancashire Telegraph understand Rovers are targeting an experienced striker for the final piece of their firepower jigsaw.
While they were prepared to pay in the region of £6million for Huddersfield hot shot Jordan Rhodes, failure to land him has seen them revaluate their wish list.
With David Goodwillie and Edinho still counted as ‘young’ strikers, Rovers will hope to land someone with the capability of helping them develop.