BILLY McKinlay is in pole position to be the next new arrival in Ray Harford's Ewood shake-up.

The Dundee United midfielder is believed to have had preliminary discussions at Rovers' Brockhall training ground on Saturday.

Further talks will be necessary when McKinlay returns from Scotland's international against Sweden on Wednesday.

But McKinlay may still sign in time to make his Rovers bow against Southampton on Saturday.

Rovers chairman Rob Coar said: "He has got one or two things to think about.

"And he has got to get his head around the international game.

"Whatever dealings he has with Dundee United are of no concern to us."

It is understood the player is close to agreeing a four year deal - £200,000 more than Celtic were prepared to offer the 26-year-old.

McKinlay, a self-confessed Celtic fan, snubbed the Parkhead giants on Friday.

The talks with Rovers came after a fruitless 11th hour bid by Celtic boss Tommy Burns to land McKinlay.

Burns was so keen to land McKinlay he also offered striker Andy Walker to United as part of their deal.

But after the deal broke down Burns blasted: "Our interest in McKinlay is over. We offered him a very good deal that would have made him the highest paid player at Celtic. "He turned it down and that's the end of it. It's ignorant of McKinlay to turn down a chance to join a club like this."

McKinlay, who joined the Scotland squad in Sweden today and is line to win his 14th cap in Stockholm, is reported to want a big slice of the £1.75 million profit from the proposed transfer profit.

And he could be ready to hold up the deal unless he gets a chunk of the fee.

The Scotland international is considering taking Dundee United to court over the legality of an eight-and-a-half year contract he signed as a teenager.

His advisers believe they will win the case on December 13 - and that would make McKinlay a free agent.

Under-fire Rovers had promised their fans at least TWO major signings in time for Saturday's Premiership clash against Southampton.

He has already clinched the transfer of Norwegian international Lars Bohinen for £700,000 and youngster Graham Coughlan from Bray Wanderers. Meanwhile, Southampton have dismissed reports linking superstar Matthew Le Tissier with a £10 million move to Ewood Park.

Reports at the weekend suggested Blackburn owner Jack Walker was on collision course with the Rovers management team over the Le Tissier issue.

That, however, is likely to be nothing more than a national newspaper space filler during a quiet weekend.

Southampton's Director of Football Lawrie McMenemy described the reported interest as "a load of old rubbish."

McMenemy said: "He's not for sale - it's as simple as that. I've had no contact with Blackburn Rovers about Matthew Le Tissier.

"There is absolutely nothing in it - it's rubbish and I'm getting fed up with talking about it.

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