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Last Updated: Tuesday, 31 August, 2004, 20:04 GMT 21:04 UK
Blackburn bring in Bothroyd
Jay Bothroyd
Bothroyd was in Italy for just over a year
Blackburn Rovers have signed former Coventry striker Jay Bothroyd on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent deal.

Bothroyd, 22, who was the only Englishman playing in Serie A last season, joined Perugia in 2003.

Graeme Souness told the club's website: "He's a young player we've been aware of for quite a while.

"He has scored goals in Serie A and it's a hard league to score in. We hope to bring out the best in him."

Bothroyd signed a three-year contract with Perugia in July 2003 after being released by Coventry City.

The Italian club will be playing in Serie B this season after losing a promotion play-off to Fiorentina.

He joined Coventry in a 1m deal from Arsenal, where he failed to become a first-team regular under manager Arsene Wenger.

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