Big Sam in no rush over transfers

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Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce is assessing all his options before deciding where to make his next move in the transfer market.

The Rovers boss is working to a limited budget - unless Manchester City return with a vastly-improved bid for striker Roque Santa Cruz - with Benfica right-back Marco Zoro spending last week on trial with the club, while Allardyce is also running the rule over Metz striker Babacar Gueye and Nancy defender Jean Calve.

Metz's sporting director Joel Muller told "I can tell you that Blackburn are interested in Gueye. For the moment, the player is spending a couple of days at the club and we are waiting for an offer in midweek."

Allardyce has yet to decide the best way forward but he does not believe he will be signing all three players.

If he can hang on to Santa Cruz, and the Rovers boss shows no signs of caving in to their mega-rich Premier League rivals, then it would seem there is less mileage in Gueye - unless Allardyce can see the player performing a role wide on the right.

That is a position he has been trying to fill, having been linked with Sunderland's El-Hadji Diouf, who did so well for him at Bolton, and Wigan's Ryan Taylor.

"From my point of view, maybe one more player we need if one can be found," he said.

"We have a limited budget though and the player I find has to be at a similar level to the one I have.

"That is a difficult task. If I can find him then fine, if not I am happy with what I have got.

"I will only bring in a quality player that can challenge the quality we already have in the squad."

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