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German clubs lead the chase for Rovers' Hoilett
Blackburn Rovers are in danger of losing Canadian starlet Junior Hoilett for less than £1million – as clubs from Germany lead the chase for the in demand winger.
Sources close to Hoilett have told the Lancashire Telegraph there are already concrete offers on the table for him from several clubs in Germany as they steal the march on his English suitors.
It is understood though Rovers have also started tentative talks with at least two Premier League clubs, with the player himself having already decided he is quitting Ewood Park.
The 21-year-old’s Rovers contract expires this summer although, due to his age and coming through the Ewood academy, the club would be due compensation.
Rovers could expect as much as £4million should he stay in the Premier League but, due to different compensation rules abroad, they would only receive about £750,000 if he moved overseas.
Werder Bremen and Borussia Monchengladbach are understood to be among the number of German clubs interested, with Hoilett having enjoyed his loan spells in the country a few seasons ago.
He is yet to decide on where he believes his best next move will be but sources close to the player believe returning to Germany would be appealing to him.
A source close to Hoilett, said: “He is open to anything at the moment. He will see what happens in the next few weeks and what opportunities arise.
“Blackburn Rovers know he has to move on now to achieve what he wants to in the game. Now they are not in the Premier League he could not stay.”
Rovers have a battle on their hands to keep a number of their top players in the coming weeks – with the unrest behind the scenes doing little to persuade them to stay.
With Steve Kean’s managerial future still very much up in the air, as owner Mrs Desai continues to ignore growing pressure on her from within the club to remove him from the hotseat, a number of the squad are looking at pastures new.
Martin Olsson, Steven Nzonzi, Yakubu and Paul Robinson are all sought after by Premier League rival and the unrest would need to be eased for any of them to be tempted into playing a part in next season’s Championship campaign.
Hoilett though is one who can’t be persuaded as he mulls over an increasing number of options ahead of next season.
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