Blackburn boss Steve Kean has hailed the signing of Anthony Modeste from Bordeaux as the boost his side need to avoid the drop this season.

 

Rovers find themselves at the heart of a fierce relegation scrap, but moved out of the bottom three last weekend with a heartening 3-1 win over Fulham.

 

The Lancashire club confirmed the signing of Modeste on a season-long loan earlier this week, but may go into their weekend fixture against Everton without him as they wait for the player to receive international clearance.

 

Kean believes Modeste is the man to help Blackburn propel themselves up the league and away from the drop zone, and paid tribute to the former France Under-21 international’s ability.

 

“He's an attacking player who very much likes to play on the shoulder of central defenders," Kean told Blackburn Rovers TV.

 

"He's got pace, he's got power, and he is technically very good. He can get a goal and he can link the play, so I think he's an exciting player. Like most French players he has got good technical ability and he can play with his head up.

 

"He knows Steven N'Zonzi very well, and Steven can help settle him in. If we can get (the international clearance) done, there is no reason why he can't be involved this weekend."

 

With Rovers declaring their intent by bringing players to Ewood Park in the January transfer window, Kean remains adamant that key defender Chris Samba will not be sold, despite the player handing in a transfer request earlier this week.

 

"I spoke with him yesterday and he knows he is not for sale,” the Scot told Sky Sports.

 

“The day before he handed in a transfer request, that has been refused and we won't welcome any more bids and Chris knows the stance of the club.

 

"It is never nice when somebody hands in a transfer request but hopefully we can now move on."

 

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