IT it is becoming increasing unlikely that Paul Ince will make a bid for Ghanaian midfielder Anthony Annan - certainly at this stage.

The Rovers boss has taken considerable time in assessing the 22-year-old, who has been dubbed in some quarters as ‘the new Michael Essien’.

Last week, Annan was brought over to Rovers for a two-day trial, where a special practice game was organised for the purpose of analysing the IK Start midfielder.

Furthermore, Rovers scouts were sent to Norway last Sunday to watch Annan in competitive action for Stabeak in their league game at Aalesunds FK.

But although Ince has been impressed with the African prospect, it is understood Annan has fallen short of the requirements wanted by the Blackburn boss.

Ince may take another look at Annan in the future but, for the time being, he is set to turn his attentions elsewhere as he looks to strengthen his midfield engine-room.