Blackburn favourites to sign possible Torres partner

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Liverpool target Pavel Pogrebnyak looks to be on his way to England after falling out with Stuttgart manager Jens Keller, but Blackburn are favourites to sign him.

The striker’s agent has further fuelled that speculation after revealing four Barclays Premier League clubs are interested and that his client would be suited to the style of play in the English league.

Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce has a good relationship with Stuttgart’s sporting director Fredi Bobic, who played under him at Bolton.

Pogrebnyak was also the subject of a bid from Blackburn before he left former club Zenit a year ago but Allardyce failed to bring the Russian to Ewood Park.

He moved to the Bundesliga for £3.8 million instead but Rovers may get their man next month, initially on a loan deal.

However, Liverpool will provide competition though, as will Tottenham plus one other unknown team.

“The coach said that on Saturday we had a very important game and expected to play me from the start,” Pogrebnyak said.

“Frankly, I was surprised to be on the bench. When the coach says one thing and then changes his mind, it looks a little strange.”

Agent Oleg Artemov added: “There is interest from four clubs in England but painstaking work is ahead. We need to discuss everything, to weigh the pros and cons, then we can talk specifics.

“Soon, in the new year, the transfer window will open and it will be clearer. I have always had a desire for Pavel to play in England.

“In principle, he is equally suited to Germany and England, but in England it will be easier for Pogrebnyak to show his quality.

“He has a good knowledge of the language and was taught English in a special school. And the lifestyle in England is more suited to Pavel.”

The 27-year-old has played well for his club, despite sitting on the bench for long periods, and has scored five goals in just 11 games.

And Liverpool could do with a goalscorer like that, and especially one who would cost them so little.

Ryan Babel looks like he will leave Anfield in January and, with Roy Hodgson needing to sell players in order to bring others in, Pogrebnyak could save him some money.

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