Venky's give Blackburn Rovers boss funds for players
BLACKBURN Rovers boss Gary Bowyer has been told by Venky’s he has funds to bolster his squad in the final week of the transfer window.
Bowyer received reassurances from the Rovers’ owners during talks in India this week that he could go back into the market after shipping out more than 10 players.
And the Rovers chief, who is looking to strengthen in defence and attack, has not ruled making a new signing before tomorrow’s big Championship clash with Derby.
He said: “We didn’t just talk about outs, we mentioned a couple of ins to them, so we’ll see.
“We’ve got some players out on loan so some of that has freed up some funds.
“You have to see what is out there and what is available on the market.
“If the right loan comes along then that’s something we would take to the owners and if there’s a permanent deal which we feel is a steal or something that we can act very quickly on, then that is something we would look into as well.”
The Rovers chief, who has been linked with strikers Martyn Waghorn, Matty Fryatt and Luke Varney, refused to be drawn on the names on his shortlist.
He added: “It would be wrong of me to speak about players who are contracted to other clubs.”
Bowyer’s views come after QPR manager Harry Redknapp said his hopes of signing Jordan Rhodes were dead in the water after claiming Rovers wanted ‘£8m or £9m’ for their 16-goal top scorer.
Bowyer responded by stating that Rhodes – who Venky’s insist is not for sale – would cost ‘double’ the £8m Rovers paid for him from Huddersfield Town.
He said: “Harry Redknapp’s spoke about Jordan, he was very complimentary and we thank him for those comments.
“The figure that he mentioned is what we paid for him. He’s not stopped scoring since he’s got here yet his value has not gone up. I don’t get that.
“Anybody that comes in and does what he’s done – which is unbelievable by the way – has got to have (at least) doubled his value. It just can’t stay the same.”
Bowyer returned from India on Wednesday after three days with Venky’s.
Of the trip, he said: “It was a good meeting with them and we discussed how we can improve both on and off the pitch.”
Meanwhile, Rovers midfielder Fabio Nunes is a reported target for Italian Serie B outfit Latina.
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