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Allardyce considers McCarthy sale

Benni McCarthy
McCarthy is South Africa's all-time leading scorer

Blackburn Rovers manager Sam Allardyce has said it is possible that striker Benni McCarthy will leave the club in the January transfer window.

The 31-year-old South Africa international is reportedly looking to leave Ewood Park in the new year.

Allardyce told BBC World Service Sport: "At his age I'd understand if he wants to play first-team football and at the moment he can't get it here.

"If he wants to get it somewhere else I'd understand that."

McCarthy has not started a Premier League match since Blackburn's 2-0 defeat against Manchester City on the opening day of the season.

Allardyce has admitted that he would consider selling him if the right offer comes along.

"There is a price to be met if someone wants to buy Benni McCarthy," he said.

"If the club is happy with that price we will go to Benni and say we've accepted a deal from a certain club. Now it's up to you to see if you can sort your side of it out.

"But we would have to have a replacement for him to allow it develop in to him being transferred."

McCarthy joined Blackburn from Porto in the summer of 2006, and went on to be the club's leading scorer in two out of the last three years.

"Benni wants to play football. For me last year he was excellent particularly at home in our plight to climb out of the relegation zone.

"I was looking forward to the start of the season with him but all of a sudden we put David Dunn in at Gillingham away in the hole behind a front man.

"He played so wonderfully well in that game that we have continued that position for him in the first team. He has grasped that position so well that he is our top, top player at this moment in time."

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