BLACKBURN boss Mark Hughes is weighing up a shock move for Mido - the Roma striker who made a big impact in the Premiership with Spurs last season.

I can exclusively reveal the Egyptian international is one of four or five' names on the Rovers manager's hit-list, and Roma are already aware of Blackburn's interest.

Hughes believes the powerful 23-year-old could form a potentially explosive partnership with Craig Bellamy next season.

The 6ft 2in forward formed a similar alliance with Robbie Keane at White Hart Lane last season, scoring 11 goals in 27 Premier ship appearances for Spurs, including the winner against Rovers in March.

However, Spurs boss Martin Jol decided not to make his year-long loan spell permanent at the end of the season because he wanted to bring in new £11 million signing Dimitar Berbatov instead.

Now Hughes is considering bringing the former Marseille and Celta Vigo star back to the Premiership on a similar season-long loan, although Roma would prefer to broker a permanent deal.

Rovers' chairman, John Williams, said: "Mido is on a list of names that Mark has discussed with the board.

"We are trying to bring in a striker and there are four or five names on our list."

As well as Mido, Hughes is also keen on Birmingham's Emile Heskey and Red Star Belgrade hitman Nikola Zigic, the 6ft 8in striker who is in Serbia and Montenegro's World Cup squad.

Former Rover Chris Sutton, who is available on a free, may also yet emerge as a target after Bellamy told the Rovers coaching staff they worked well together at Celtic.

However, contrary to speculation elsewhere, Hughes is not currently mulling over a move for John Hartson, who has been told by Celtic he can leave this summer.