DAVID Dunn reckons Rovers will boost their chances of hanging on to Damien Duff if they qualify for Europe.

Duff is reportedly the number one target for Liverpool and Manchester United, who are ready to fight it out for the Irishman's signature this summer.

But Dunn believes his midfield partner could be persuaded to stay at Ewood if the club can pip Everton to the final UEFA Cup spot by beating Spurs tomorrow.

"I genuinely think if we get into Europe that could keep Damien here," said Dunn.

"He has been the one getting all the plaudits this season, and rightly so because he has been brilliant.

"I constantly get all my mates coming up to ask me if he is staying or going, and I'm sure it's the same for Duffer.

"But he is of a similar feeling, that there is too much talk about it, and we are just looking forward to playing for Blackburn."

Dunn believes Rovers are in a great position to crack the cartel which exists at the top of the Premiership providing manager Graeme Souness makes a few shrewd additions this summer.

And he has challenged Duff and Brad Friedel - reportedly a target for Arsenal -- to stick around and help turn the club into a leading force once again.

He added: "There is always going to be a lot of talk because we have some great players, but it's important they concentrate on playing for this club.

"It's only eight years ago that we won the Premiership and we are still the only side, other than Manchester United and Arsenal, to win it.

"Obviously getting relegated in 1999 was a big blow for the club, but we are on the way back and we can catch them up if everyone stays.

"I think everyone here is ambitious enough to push for that, but we have to keep the squad together and add a few more players to challenge again."

Rovers must win at White Hart Lane and hope that Everton slip up against Manchester United in order to clinch sixth spot.