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Last Updated: Monday, 12 July, 2004, 10:03 GMT 11:03 UK
Rovers eye Maradona junior
By Phil McNulty
Chief football writer

Diego Maradona
Argentine legend Maradona's son will come to Ewood
Blackburn boss Graeme Souness is giving a trial to Argentine legend Diego Maradona's teenage son.

Diego Maradona junior is currently playing at his father's former club Napoli in Italy but the 17-year-old is keen to try his luck in England.

And Souness told BBC Sport: "I've got a contact in Napoli and we've heard he's a good player so he's coming over.

"You can imagine the ridiculous pressure he is under over there and he fancies having a go somewhere else."

Souness added: "He was scheduled to arrive on Monday but picked up a knock so we are going to check when he is going to arrive.

"Obviously the name is a terrible burden for the boy over there, so we will see for ourselves and make a decision."

Chief executive John Williams confirmed: "We had arranged for Diego Jr to come over and spend a week in training with us.

"However, he has picked up an injury playing with Napoli and the plans have been put on hold for the time being."

Souness, meanwhile, insisted there was no further developments yet on Andy Cole's reported switch from Blackburn to Fulham.

He said: "There has been nothing official on that one. Our position is that Andy has still got a year on his contract.

"We've got our squad of players together now and my priority now is getting them ready for the start of the season, not to be talking about people leaving.

"I'm happy with the squad we've got together, happier than at this stage last season, and am looking forward to preparing for the season with them."

Fulham boss Chris Coleman, however, is understood to be weighing up a move for the former England striker.

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