Blackburn Rovers are reportedly closing in on striker Mounir El Hamdaoui.

The former Tottenham Hotspur striker, signed by Martin Jol in 2005 for an undisclosed fee, continues to impress in the Eredivisie and is again being linked with a move to England.

El Hamdaoui began his career at Excelsior before moving to Spurs, where the Moroccan international failed to make a senior appearance in his year at White Hart Lane.

After loaning out the 27-year-old, El Hamdaoui joined Willem II from Tottenham Hotspur for a season before moving to AZ, where the forward scored 50 goals in just 80 Eredivisie appearances.

Ajax would bring the player to the Amsterdam Arena in 2010, and the player has again been prolific for the Dutch giants, scoring 19 goals in 38 appearances in all competitions.

The Daily Mail now reports that Steve Kean held talks with El Hamdaoui on Tuesday over a potential move to Ewood Park, with the Blackburn Rovers boss also closing on a £5 million deal for Hoffenheim's Vedad Ibisevic.


It's claimed that Blackburn are facing competition from English rivals in the race to sign El Hamdaoui, although it's unclear how much the club would have to pay to secure the signing from the Godenzonen.

Blackburn Rovers have made a slow start to the campaign after losing to both Wolves and Aston Villa in their opening matches, and Kean will have to move quickly to secure signings with the transfer window set to close in less than a week.

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