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Blackburn Rovers in talks over Kazim-Richards deal
BLACKBURN Rovers are attempting to conclude a permanent deal for Colin Kazim-Richards before the transfer window closes tomorrow after agreeing a fee with Galatasaray.
Kazim-Richards joined Rovers on loan in the summer and the club remain baffled at continuing reports in Turkey that Bursaspor are confident of signing the 26-year-old.
Rovers boss Michael Appleton is aiming to make three or four signings before the transfer window shuts at 11pm tomorrow, and wants one of those to be a permanent deal for Kazim-Richards.
Rovers have had a bid accepted by the Turkish side, thought to be between £500,000 and £750,000, and are now in talks with the player’s representatives.
The club are hopeful of finalising a four-year deal for the forward and Kazim-Richards said last week that he is happy to stay at Rovers after telling his parent club earlier this month that he did not want to cut his loan short.
Figures at Ewood Park are now waiting for owners Venky’s to give the green light over personal terms as they aim to finalise a deal.
Sources in Turkey continue to suggest that Bursaspor remain hopeful of signing Kazim-Richards, but Rovers have still heard nothing from Galatasaray about possible rival interest.
The agency representing the player have distanced themselves from quotes supposedly suggesting Kazim-Richards was on his way to Bursaspor, who yesterday signed defender Anton Ferdinand on loan from QPR.
In any case, the terms of Kazim-Richards’ season-long loan at Ewood mean Rovers would have to give permission for the deal to be cut short early.
Even if Kazim-Richards signs, Appleton remains keen to bring in a right winger before the deadline after Josh King suffered a recurrence of his hamstring injury in Saturday’s 3-0 win at Derby.
The Norwegian could potentially be out for a number of weeks. One player likely to leave Rovers today though is midfielder Diogo Rosado, who looks set to return to Portugal to join Benfica on loan.
The 22-year-old has made only three appearances since moving to Ewood from Benfica’s Lisbon rivals Sporting in the summer.
- Rovers’ FA Cup fifth round tie at Arsenal will take place on Saturday, February 16 at 3pm. The game has not been selected for live television.