Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer says club not close to selling Rudy Gestede

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Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer says there have been no bids close to their valuation of Rudy Gestede.

Blackburn Rovers defeated Swansea City 3-1 in the FA Cup this afternoon, with a goal from Rudy Gestede putting them in front in the second half.

Gestede, 26, has now hit 13 goals in 24 games this season for Rovers, and has been the subject of intense transfer speculation over the last week.

Hull City and West Bromwich Albion were believed to be interested in signing the Benin international, but Crystal Palace have been leading the way in recent days.

Reports in the Daily Mail suggested that Palace had made a £3.5m bid, but were still some way short of Rovers' £5m valuation of Gestede - and after beating Swansea, Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer told the press that not only was he delighted with Gestede's attitude and performance, but he also admitted that no team have come close to their valuation yet, as reported by Eurosport.

"Our aim all along in this window has been to try to hold onto everybody. The way Rudy's conducted himself with all the speculation has been magnificent. We had no trouble putting him back in the squad and no trouble putting him on," said Bowyer.

"If you look at the last striker who moved into the Premier League, you're not talking peanuts these days for strikers. Our owners, rightly so, have put a value on him and if that value gets matched then there's a decision to be made. But at the moment the figures are nowhere near what the owners are looking at," he added.

Gestede may have failed to make an impact with Cardiff, but has really kicked on at Ewood Park, taking his tally to 26 goals in 52 games for the club after his latest strike today.

Palace certainly need a more physical presence up front, even with the loan capture of Yaya Sanogo - and whilst Bowyer wants to keep Gestede at Blackburn, there's a sense that this saga isn't over just yet, with Palace boss Alan Pardew acknowledging their interest in the striker earlier this week

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