Lancashire latest: Rovers in talks with former PNE striker; Oyston: "Things are progressing"

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Blackburn Rovers have had their latest transfer ongoing revealed by the incoming Doncaster Rovers chairman.

John Ryan who has recently agreed a deal to take over the club with One Direction star Louis Tomlinson was speaking to BBC Radio Sheffield when he spoke about two departures from Doncaster.

"We have unfortunately lost (Mark) Duffy and Chris Brown as they had to take a 50% wage cut. Chris Brown has been offered 10 grand a week by Blackburn, you can't compete with that."

Blackburn Rovers would be signing a very experienced striker who has played for Sunderland, Norwich City and Preston North End as well as Doncaster. In three years at Blackburn's rivals North End, he showed he is a very talented footballer and whilst not a prolific striker, his game is not reliant on goals.

He brings a lot to a team, capable of playing in the target man role he became a fan favourite at Deepdale and had an instant impact when he joined in 2008, playing a huge part in keeping them in the Championship that season. Could be an ideal partner for Jordan Rhodes who Rovers perhaps relied on too heavily last season.

Blackpool fans have been assured by chairman Karl Oyston that things are progressing despite there being little action from the club since the appointment of Jose Riga last week. Yesterday night rumours had started to circulate that Riga had walked out of the club, and most fans thought it sounded about right given the way the club has been run in the last few years or so.

They have become a bit of a shambles but football reporter for the Blackpool Gazette tweeted that the rumours had no foundations and Riga arrives in Blackpool on Monday.





Karl Oyston said on the club's official website that Riga has been working with the club's analysts and deciding which players they should target over the summer and which of the current crop they should keep on.

Riga has also been wanting to bring in his own coaches and the club is getting underway with that currently.

"The manager is obviously very busy working closely with the analyst, looking very closely at the players we've got and the ones we had last season to see which, if any, he wants to keep with us for the coming season."

"We're generally making sure we recruit the right abilities and from Tuesday onwards José will meet the players who he thinks have got the right abilities, as well as the character and attitude that he's after."


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