Sam Allardyce delivered a farewell blast to Benni McCarthy after Blackburn agreed a fee with West Ham to sign the South Africa striker.

McCarthy has gone AWOL this week in an attempt to force through a transfer but such action may have been unnecessary after the clubs agreed a fee believed to be £2.25million. The 32-year-old stayed away from training for the last three days, with some reports saying he was in Spain, and his behaviour drew the ire of Rovers boss Allardyce.

"What he's done is unprofessional. It shows you that the only loyalty a player has got is to himself," Allardyce told Press Association Sport.

"This is what we deal with today in football, there's not such a thing as loyalty as there used to be in the older days when I was a player.

"It's a selfish attitude they have and that's not just about Benni, that's all players today. If they want something they do anything to try and get it."

Allardyce said McCarthy may have been badly advised.

He added: "If he is trying to manipulate a move by staying away it's not the right thing to do.

"Sometimes players will get advised wrongly and I think whoever is advising him to stay away is very wrong as he's done himself no favours."

Blackburn have been linked with Turkey international Yildiray Basturk from Stuttgart, Stoke's James Beattie and Eidur Gudjohnsen, once a player with Allardyce at Bolton and now at Monaco.

Allardyce hinted at interest them, saying: "If those players are available we may start negotiations but the first thing would be to contact the club."

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