Big Sam steeled for Januray resistance

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Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce has promised he will resist any bids for his star men when the transfer window opens next month.

Striking duo Roque Santa Cruz and Benni McCarthy - a goalscorer in Sunday's 2-2 draw with Manchester City at Ewood Park - are among those being most heavily linked with a move to pastures new.

Allardyce said :"For all managers, the January window is a nightmare."

He added: "We will try to add to the squad. The problem is we need to find someone who can have an almost immediate impact.

"There is a huge amount of expectation around most clubs at this time with rumours of this player coming or that one going. Once the speculation has gone from one player, it just moves on to someone else.

It was thought Allardyce might be willing to let Santa Cruz leave for City fairly quickly after Thursday's deadline as it would give him the maximum amount of time to bring in replacements and reshape a squad languishing in the bottom three.

But the Rovers chief has vowed to keep his biggest assets as long as possible.

"If someone comes in for one of our players we will try to resist them for as long as we possibly can."

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