Samba close to new Rovers deal

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Christopher Samba is on the brink of signing a new long-term contract at Blackburn, with Rovers manager Steve Kean claiming the deal will draw a line under the takeover turmoil.

The Congo defender said he wanted to leave Ewood Park following the sacking of Sam Allardyce and has been the subject of interest from several clubs, but has been persuaded to stay by Kean.

The Rovers boss, who said the club is closing in on another signing before the transfer window closes, said: "Hopefully things with Chris Samba will be tied up and that will draw a line under things that have happened since the takeover."

Kean added: "Equally, when you have got your club captain in Ryan Nelsen and someone like Michel Salgado, who had a number of offers from elsewhere, signing new contracts as well as Chris, who is our team captain, it just shows they all think you are going in the right direction.

"I'm confident of getting another body in before the window closes and hopefully we will have somebody doing the medical side of a transfer."

Kean would not reveal who that player was but he has not ruled out Blackburn managing to persuade Argentinian midfielder Mauro Formica to join from Newell's Old Boys even though he has been in talks with Monaco.

"He's one that we felt last week was slipping away when he went to Monaco but maybe it could spark again and we could get it done before the window closes," he said.

Kean has accepted defeated in bringing in Sebastian Larsson from Birmingham or 19-year-old striker Ruben Rochina, who plays for Barcelona B.

He added: "The information I'm getting is the bid for Larsson is not adequate and I don't think that one will happen. For someone with a small time left on his contract we put in a realistic bid so we respect that he's either not for sale or Birmingham are after more money.

"On Rochina, I don't think that one will happen until the summer - it's very, very complicated. We were hopeful he would come this window but I think that will be the summer."

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Michel Salgado
Blackburn Rovers
Premier League
Christopher Samba
Ryan Nelsen
Sebastian Larsson

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