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Singh: There will be no panic buy signings at Blackburn Rovers
BLACKBURN global advisor Shebby Singh insists there will be no ‘panic buys’ made in their search for more fire power – but Jordan Rhodes remains on Rovers’ radar ahead of the Championship campaign.
Leon Best’s cruciate knee ligament injury has left Rovers in the market for two more strikers, but Singh is adamant it is important the club takes its time to make the right choices.
The Lancashire Telegraph understands manager Steve Kean is bidding to bring in one striker permanently, with cash available to him, with the second attacker expected to be a loan signing.
Rhodes is Rovers’ number ine target and, despite already having their initial interest rebuffed, are refusing to give up on the prolific striker.
West Brom striker Simon Cox and Stoke City’s Ricardo Fuller have been touted as possible targets but Rovers are unlikely to pursue any interest in either of them.
A short list was being drawn up yesterday on possible targets as Rovers look to replace Best with a player of a similar standard.
Singh said: “We will not panic on strikers. We are not prepared to compromise our standards by signing players we don’t think are right.
“Losing Leon is a big blow but at least there is time for us to put things right. We don’t have to rush.
“We have to make sure we don’t rush in and buy a player who is no better than what we already have.
“We are looking to the long term, because we feel that is important for what we want to achieve.”
Rovers are ready to pay significant cash to attract the services of Rhodes and would be willing to offer a cash plus player deal to the Yorkshire side.
Meanwhile the Lancashire Telegraph understands Rovers are determined to hold on to young defender Grant Hanley, despite rumoured interest from top flight clubs.
Rovers are understood to have received no bids for the central defender but are ready to rebuff any interest that does come their way.
Rovers’ squad travel to Holland for their matches in Deventer against Go Ahead Eagles on Friday and the clash with NEC NIjmegen on Sunday.
They then finish their summer campaign with a match at Cork City the following Sunday, ahead of the season opener at Ipswich Town on August 18.