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    jimluftas wrote:
    Super_Clarets wrote:
    jimluftas wrote:
    Super_Clarets wrote:
    Oh dear...

    "Everton’s search for two new strikers has seen them prepare a move for Blackburn Rovers talisman Jordan Rhodes. The Scotland international has emerged as a priority acquisition after being hit by the double-departure of loanees Romelu Lukaku and Lacina Traore.

    "The club insider revealed Rhodes ticks the boxes in the eyes of Everton’s technical staff as he can replicate the kind of physical presence provided by the two outgoing forwards, and he has also demonstrated a keen eye for goal.

    "He found the back of the net on 25 occasions last season and is considered one of the hottest properties outside of the top flight.

    "Blackburn’s failure to launch a serious push for promotion back to the Premier League puts them in a difficult position should Everton firm up their interest with an official approach, and at the age of 24 Rhodes may feel ready to test himself at the highest level."
    Who ever wrote that tripe knows nothing if they are comparing the physical presence of Rhodes to lukaku?! I would expect Everton to aim a little higher than Rhodes but if they fancy him then £10 million will easily buy us a replacement.
    I don't think they can compare the physical presence of Rhodes to Lukaku. Romelu Lukaku is 6' 4" and built like a heavy weight boxer, I don't think there are many players you can realistically compare his presence to. He's also not a Martinez type player, Rhodes is, and with the need to replace two outgoing strikers I thing he'll be high on their list of potentials especially given that Blackburn Rovers need to sell to show a willingness to comply with FFP rules.

    A fee of £6million is far more likely with Venky's having to cut costs across the board asap. There is then the fee still owed to Huddersfield from the original transfer along with a 20% sell-on fee, which means you might not have much to replace him with. Perhaps his replacement is already present in Varney?

    The days of Blackburn spending millions of pounds are long gone my friend. Any incoming money will be used to offset the losses as per the conditions of FFP.
    He won't be going anywhere for £6 million. It think you're a little too obsessed with FFP. Nearly as bad as your rovers obsession.
    Possibly not, possibly a figure closer to £4million will be enough. You simply can't offer anything at Blackburn Rovers anymore, and once you are named and shamed by FFP the whole of football will be taking a bite out of you knowing that you cannot possibly refuse when money is put on the table.

    I really fear for you lot next season, I think you're going to take a hammering."
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Conway insists Rovers ace Gestede will only get better next season

Rudy Gestede can star next season

Rudy Gestede can star next season

First published in Sport This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , Blackburn Rovers reporter

CRAIG Conway has warned Championship defences that Blackburn Rovers striker Rudy Gestede will only get better next season.

The towering targetman ended the campaign with a run of nine goals in eight starts and as the division’s player of the month for April.

But Conway, who made just as big an impact as the 25-year-old after following in his footsteps from Cardiff City in January, reckons there is much more to come.

“At the back end of the season Rudy was simply unplayable,” said the Scotland international.

“I’d have hated to be a defender playing against him.

“All I had to do was put the ball into the right area and he would do the rest as he was unstoppable.

“It was great to see as I know full well how much ability he’s got.

“He can be unbelievable and with another year’s experience under his belt he will only get better.”

Conway will also have high standards to maintain once the 2014-15 campaign kicks off on August 9.

The 29-year-old set up 12 goals – five for Gestede – and scored a further four following his bargain £100,000 move from Cardiff on January transfer deadline day.

“I just felt really good,” said Conway who, along with Gestede, helped Cardiff win the 2012-13 Championship title.

“I feel confident in my own ability and if I’m playing and getting a run of games I know I can do well.

“I’m happy and I’ve got to thank the players and the staff and everybody involved at the club because they have made me feel so welcome.

“I think I’d only been here a week and it felt as if I’d been here for years.

“If you and your family are settled it helps massively and it shows out on the park.

“It’s arguably the best football I’ve played.

“Last season, winning the Championship with Cardiff, was brilliant as I had a good run of games and set up goals.

“But I think consistency wise, and the volume of my assists, this season was the best I have played.

“Now the aim has got to be to try and keep that up going into next season.”

Rovers are being linked with an interest in Republic of Ireland under 21 international centre back John Egan, who has been released by Sunderland.

The 21-year-old spent the end of the season on loan at League Two side Southend, who are making attempts to sign Egan on a permanent deal.

Egan had loan spells with Crystal Palace and Sheffield United early in his professional career at Sunderland but later suffered a setback when he broke his leg while on loan at Bradford.

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