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We won't sell players on cheap, warns Blackburn Rovers boss
BLACKBURN Rovers boss Gary Bowyer has warned potential suitors he does not have to sell any of his players on the cheap insisting: “We are not a charity case.”
Rovers skipper Scott Dann is wanted by Premier League side Crystal Palace and Bowyer’s priority for the transfer window is now to reduce the club’s wage bill after he signed Tom Cairney and Rudy Gestede for a combined £800,000.
But Bowyer said: “If people are interested in our players and make sensible bids then we will consider them.
“We do have to reduce in certain areas and certain players that’s for sure.
“But we are not a charity case.”
Palace’s interest in Dann – whose equaliser earned Rovers an excellent 1-1 draw with Manchester City in the FA Cup on Saturday – is genuine.
However, the Premier League outfit have yet to submit a bid for the centre back and it is unlikely Rovers would be willing to let Dann leave for the £2.5m the Eagles are considering offering.
Bowyer has also reiterated his stance that top scorer Jordan Rhodes is not for sale.
There has been speculation linking Rhodes – who scored 30 league goals in 2013, more than any other player in English professional football – with an £8m move to Championship rivals Nottingham Forest.
But Bowyer said: “Jordan Rhodes isn’t for sale.
“I was never very good at maths but we paid £8m for him, then he goes and scores the most goals in the calendar year – more than Luis Suarez – and yet he is still valued at £8m. That doesn’t quite add up to me.
“But then again I’m no Carol Vorderman!”
One player likely to head out of Rovers on loan is Alan Judge – who is expected to sign for League One leaders Brentford.
But the midfielder insists that any temporary exit does not mean the end of his Rovers career.
Judge said: “I’ve still another two years on my Blackburn contract and I don’t see that I’m finished there.
“During the loan I want to show the manager that I’m up to this level.”
Rovers squad players Alex Marrow and Yann Songo’o might also go out on loan.
Midfielder Marrow – who like Judge re-signed for Rovers in the summer – is believed to be wanted by clubs in League One, League Two and in Scotland.
Songo’o joined Rovers in the summer after impressing on trial and the 22-year-old could be sent out on loan to continue his development.
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