Blackburn manager Steve Kean will step up his interest in Robbie Keane this week after having his first bid for the Tottenham striker rejected.
Rovers offered £2m for the Republic Of Ireland international but although Tottenham are willing to sell, they are holding out for some more money to raise funds for their own transfer activity.
Keane was due to move to West Ham for around £6m had they remained in the Premier League, but relegation to the Championship meant that his career at Upton Park was restricted to a six month loan spell.
This alerted Kean who is hoping to strengthen his squad ahead of the new season. He doesn’t want to be involved in a relegation battle again and is determined to add players with top flight pedigree.
With 123 Premier League goals to his name, Keane certainly fits the bill and will add something positive to a Blackburn team that could only amass 34 goals in 46 games last season.
Blackburn’s owners have pledged around £20m to the transfer kitty this summer and Kean is willing to spend some of this on the former Inter Milan striker.
He will have to go back with a new bid though and move closer to Tottenham’s valuation of around £6m. With other clubs likely to be interested, Blackburn will need to move quickly to attempt to get their man.
Newcastle and Fulham are tempted to make a bid for the striker, so a bidding war could follow if Blackburn increase their bid.
Sunderland were also thought to be interested, but they have agreed a £13m fee with Ipswich Town for Connor Wickham this morning, so they may not be able to afford Keane too.
As for the player himself, Keane will just want to secure first-team Premier League football. He can still score goals at this level and will perhaps want to play for a team with the most ambition.
Blackburn will hope that with the backing of their new owners, they can agree a price with Tottenham and convince Keane that he should agree to a move to Ewood Park.