Blackburn making bids, but none for Samba... yet

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Steve Kean insists no offers have been made for Chris Samba, despite rumours speculating that the Blackburn star is poised for a move, and the Rovers boss says his priority is bringing quality players in - not allowing them to leave.

Samba has recently been connected to numerous Barclays Premier League clubs, including Arsenal in particular, despite signing a new contract with Blackburn during last season.

The transfer window doesn’t close until the end of August, leaving Kean facing a nervous few weeks, but the Blackburn manager says his star defender hasn’t received any offers yet, which will no doubt please Rovers fans.

"We have had no bid for Chris and we have had no bid for any other player at this stage," Kean said.

"We would like to keep it like that as Chris is only a couple of months into a five-year contract.


"Hopefully the bids don't come in and we can keep Chris. He was a part of a defence that was very solid at the end of the season and there has been no hint of any type of flatness coming back from the first day in Austria.”

Blackburn have had a successful pre-season so far, with a 1-0 against Accrington Stanley, and a hard fought 0-0 draw with Austrian side SK Sturm Graz.

And Kean says that upon returning to regular training at Ewood Park, the atmosphere surrounding the squad is buzzing, and the side will be well and truly ready to run onto the pitch against Wolves on August 13.

"The lads were flying, and that has carried on since we came back to the training ground,” Kean said.

Kean is looking to buy not sell this summer, and says: "We have got two active bids out there and we will see if they are accepted, if not other bids will go in.

"They are not small deals they are sizeable bids. I imagine they will come to a conclusion within the next 48 hours, if they happen - great, if they don't we will put other bids out and attract other players to the club.

"The facts are we know where we want to strengthen and that there is money available.

"Finance is not the stumbling block, there is certain paperwork that has to be done.

"I can totally understand the fans' frustrations and I hope they bear with us because it is not a case where we are twiddling our thumbs and not doing any work.

"I have a good relationship with the owners and we have a management panel in place. There is activity.

"I am possibly frustrated we have not managed to finalise one. It is a lot harder to get them done than I first thought."

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