BLACKBURN Rovers have announced the signing of Luke Varney on loan from Championship rivals Leeds United – with the striker joining in time to be available for today’s match at Middlesbrough.

Rovers have the option to make the move permanent once Varney’s loan spell runs out on May 11.

The 31-year-old, who counts Crewe Alexandra, Charlton Athletic, Blackpool and Portsmouth among his former clubs, was a target for Gary Bowyer before the January transfer window closed.

A deal, however, was blocked by new Leeds owner Massimo Cellino.

But Rovers boss Bowyer has got his man after the window for loan signings reopened this morning.

Bowyer said: "He is a great addition to the squad and a great lad. He has been very keen to join us.

"He works really hard, he is a great team player and gives us further options in our attacking areas.

"He is an aggressive forward who will give defenders a real handful."