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Steve Kean cools Blackburn 'marquee' signing talk

Blackburn boss Steve Kean
Kean has rejected talk of a move for Riquelme

Blackburn manager Steve Kean does not expect making any high-profile signings during the January transfer window.

Kean was in India on Monday to speak to the club's owners and said: "I don't think a marquee signing will happen.

"I spoke to the owners and said I think it is better if we don't have that speculation and we process who is going to be available.

"If it's going to be a big-name signing, that's probably best done when the market is stable in the summer."

Rovers, who were taken over by the Rao family in a £43m deal in November, have completed the loan signings of striker Roque Santa Cruz and midfielder Jermaine Jones so far this month.

And, although his bigger ambitions may be limited until the summer, Kean is still hoping to add to his squad in the form of 22-year-old Argentine playmaker Mauro Formica, who plays for Newell's Old Boys, before the transfer window closes on 31 January.


"Formica would be someone we are interested in bringing to the club. That could be something that happens before the window closes," added Kean.

"He is a fantastic talent, attacking player - a little bit like a young [Gabriel] Batistuta.

"He has great technical ability, a typical Argentine with a bit of fight and devilment in him.

"This guy can score goals and play last passes and create a goal out of nothing."

However, the Rovers boss was quick to play down any link with former Argentina international Juan Roman Riquelme, while also stating a move for Birmingham midfielder Sebastian Larsson, who will be out of contract in the summer, had broken down.

"Riquelme has probably been offered to all sorts of clubs but he is not one that will be coming," said Kean.

He added: "We put a bid in [for Larsson] but unfortunately it wasn't accepted.

"We were disappointed because we thought the bid was realistic considering how long he had on his contract.

"We put in a final offer and that doesn't seem to be enough so maybe that one will fizzle out."

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see also
Kean signs new Blackburn contract
20 Jan 11 |  Blackburn
Salgado keen to commit to Rovers
11 Jan 11 |  Blackburn
Blackburn sign Jones from Schalke
18 Jan 11 |  Blackburn
Blackburn wrap up Santa Cruz deal
14 Jan 11 |  Blackburn

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