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Test to keep Blackburn Rovers stars
DEREK Shaw says Blackburn Rovers are prepared for a potentially challenging few weeks as they attempt to hang on their best players before the closure of the transfer window.
Rovers have brought in 11 new signings this summer and have retained star men such as Jordan Rhodes and Scott Dann, despite reports of interest from elsewhere.
But many clubs often make their move in the final weeks of the transfer window and Rovers managing director Shaw admits that interest from the Premier League could be a temptation for players.
“The owners certainly don’t want to sell any of our better players,” Shaw stressed.
“But it isn’t always a case of what you want to do.
“If a big club comes in for one of your players and they want to go to the Premier League, sometimes it’s very difficult to stop that happening, whether it’s a money decision or not.
“Players want to play at the highest level and you’ve seen that with Gareth Bale and Luis Suarez.
“It’s not just at Blackburn Rovers, it’s at all clubs.”
Rovers have been attempting to cut their wage bill this summer and know it must be reduced further by the time the transfer window shuts on September 2, as they attempt to fall in line with the Football League’s new financial fair play regulations.
They would allow the likes of Gael Givet, Mauro Formica and Morten Gamst Pedersen to leave, but Shaw says finances will not force them to sell a star player if they are unable to move on high earning fringe players.
“We’re not looking at that,” he said. “But there again, you cannot always just sell when you want.
“Sometimes if you’re trying to sell somebody, people sense that and you don’t get the right deal.”
Rovers are still trying to add to their squad and boss Gary Bowyer has been attempting to sign a striker in time for tomorrow’s home game against Nottingham Forest, following injuries to DJ Campbell and Ruben Rochina.
“We’ve been having a look at it in the last couple of days,” said Bowyer. “If it’s an option for us that we can bring somebody in, then we’ll look to do it.”
Jay Spearing, who was a target for Rovers earlier in the summer, was yesterday completing a permanent move to Bolton following a loan spell last season.
Rovers had a bid accepted for Spearing but dropped their interest after being unable to agree personal terms.
Winger James McClean was linked with Rovers last week but has now joined Wigan from Sunderland for more than £1m.
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