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Rovers close in on two - with more new faces to follow
Newcastle United striker Best and Portuguese youth international Nunes are understood to have agreed personal terms, with Rovers expecting to seal their moves once the formalities have been completed.
Rovers are believed to have also agreed personal terms with former Portugal striker Nuno Gomes during talks over the weekend – with the player due back in England for a medical in midweek.
The club is also understood to be hopeful of securing the signature of Sporting Lisbon midfielder Adrien Silva, with the player keen on a switch to Ewood Park.
Agreement has yet to be reached with his employers but, despite interest from Porto and Marseille, Rovers are confident the £3million-rated midfielder will be at Ewood before the end of the week.
Former Southampton and Coventry City striker Best, 25, is set to complete his £3million move imminently after being persuaded to drop into the Championship, despite interest from Southampton and Norwich.
His arrival would go some way to replacing last season’s top scorer Yakubu, who quit for China last week, although Rovers know further fire power is still needed.
Portimonese’s 19-year-old left winger Nunes will join Rovers for a nominal fee, having spent last season on loan at Parma.
He was set to join Bulgarian outfit ZSKA Sofia earlier this summer but the move broke down allowing Rovers to step in.
Nunes should be joined at Ewood by his fellow countryman Nuno Gomes later this week after agreement was reached between the club and the player during talks on Saturday night.
The former Benfica and Fiorentina striker turns 36 later this week but Rovers believe his capture on a free transfer will add some more necessary experience to the squad.
Gomes’ goals fired Portugal to third place in the 2000 European Championships and the runners up spot in the same competition four years later.
He spent last season playing for Braga, of Portugal, and Rovers believe the wealth of experience he brings will prove beneficial to the young players in the squad.
Talks are ongoing between Rovers and Sporting Lisbon over the future of 23-year-old midfielder Silva but, with the player not wanted by the Portuguese outfit, he is understood to be close to a move to East Lancashire.
Rovers’ efforts to bring Newcastle United midfielder Dan Gosling to Ewood Park on a season-long loan are understand to have been frustrated, with the player wanting to remain at the Premier League outfit.
Even after the arrival of Best and Gomes, Rovers will bid to boost their fire power options with the addition of one more striker.
Junior Hoilett’s Rovers contract expired yesterday and, despite efforts from the club to sign him up again, the winger is expected to leave, with interest from Germany and the Premier League.
Left back Martin Olsson has reiterated his desire to quit the club, while Paul Robinson is still believed to be a target for Turkish outfit Besiktas.
Meanwhile, last season’s youth team skipper Ryan Edwards is expected to join Rochdale on loan.
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