BLACKBURN Rovers boss Gary Bowyer says he would love to keep mercurial midfielder David Dunn at Ewood Park – and is also keen to bring Manchester United defender Michael Keane back to the club.
Veteran Dunn, 34, is out of contract this summer and has been linked with a host of lower league sides, while Keane impressed both Bowyer and Rovers fans during his loan spell at Ewood towards the end of last season.
Marcus Olsson is another man out of contract this summer and like Dunn, Bowyer would be more than happy to see the Swede donning the blue and white shirt again when the season kicks off in August.
And the manager said of Dunn and Olsson situation: “It’s still ongoing.
“We are still in talks with that.
“We will be continuing those talks over the next week or two. I want to keep them.
“I think everybody knows my opinion on David Dunn and what he is to Blackburn Rovers.”
Great Harwood-born Dunn, who has spent all bar four years of his 17-year professional career with Rovers, is a cult hero and made 24 appearances last season, scoring four goals.
Olsson featured on only nine occasions, although he started in the last three matches as Rovers’ staged a late charge towards an unlikely place in the play-offs.
Bowyer would also love to see Keane make a Rovers return, although he admits Manchester United may not be willing to loan the 21-year-old out to a Championship club.
Keane signed professional forms at Old Trafford on his 18th birthday in 2011 and made his senior debut in the League Cup against Aldershot later that season. He has previously been loaned out to Leicester City and Derby County before making 13 appearances for Rovers last season.
“I’ve had lots of conversations with our board to get Michael Keane,” said Bowyer.
“He’s a Manchester United player and they have a new manager.
“The lad is Premier League for me, he has that quality.
“We’ll see what happens with that but I fully expect Michael to be in and around the Manchester United first team, especially during pre-season so they can have a good look at him.”
Striker Luke Varney is set to sign a deal and Bowyer is still looking to boost his ranks in what could be a busy summer.
“We have a list of players that we have put towards to the owners and we know we are going to have to try and work very hard with that,” he said.
“Everybody is competing for players and we have to make sure we are competitive in that.”