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Rumour Mill-Benni the Claret?

Rumour Mill-Benni the Claret?

Rob Moore, the agent for Blackburn Rovers striker, Benni McCarthy has been quoted in the media saying that the 31 year old South African international wants to leave the club:

'Benni [McCarthy] wants to leave Blackburn Rovers. He has not been given the chance to show his worth this season in the Premier League and there's no denying that it seems like he is not the type of player Sam Allardyce is looking for.'

The media gossip also suggests that Moore has alerted a number of Premier League clubs about the situation including the Clarets along with Portsmouth, Wigan Athletic and Hull City.

The Daily Mail has also indicated that Portsmouth manager Paul Hart is keen on McCarthy despite the uncertainty over the Hampshire club's ability to act in the forthcoming transfer windows.

McCarthy joined Rovers from FC Porto in July 2006 signing a four year contract for a £2.5m fee having previously played for South African club, Seven Stars, Ajax, and Spanish side Celta Vigo. McCarthy was also linked with a return to Ajax in the summer transfer window but nothing came of it and he clearly seems to have been out of favour both under Paul Ince and Sam Allardyce.

Whether this sort of player would be of interest to Owen Coyle is debatable and of course it is never easy for a certain element of Clarets fans to accept a former Rovers player coming to the club but then that is rather childish!

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Monday November 2 2009
Time: 4:51PM


Naw cant see it can you?
02/11/2009 16:53:00
Benni is contracted at Rovers till midway through June 2011. Last time a checked, to buy a player who is in contract, you have to have money or a bargaining chip to make it worth while for the other club. Neither of which Burnley have. Also, Sam would be linched if he sold Benni to your club by his own fans. He would become the biggest Rovers villain immediately. NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN
02/11/2009 17:08:00
Oh I dont know a club laying in 10th spot is a pretty good bargaining chip compared to one looking over their shoulder at relegation. Who knows what money Coyle will have available to him. I don't think though he's the sort of player that would interest Coyle and considering he is 31, I am not sure it would be wise to bring yet only thirtysomething player to the club. Whatever happens he looks pretty keen to get away from Ewood Park of which I will make no comment
02/11/2009 17:21:00
No shocker that he wants to leave as Sam clearly doesn't pick him. But coming to us not a chance! He'll probably just lie around in rovers reserves till someone comes in for him.
02/11/2009 17:25:00
He would want to be a regular in our team. so cant see it.
Grimsby Claret
02/11/2009 17:48:00
"Oh I dont know a club laying in 10th spot is a pretty good bargaining chip compared to one looking over their shoulder at relegation." Yeah. Sure he would prefer to stay in the team that's been in the Premier League for the last 9 yars apposed to a team that has been in the league barely 6 months and is still widly being regarded as a cert to go down in the not to distant future!
02/11/2009 18:18:00
Just like Hull and Stoke you mean last season?
02/11/2009 18:38:00
Definately not an OC type player, to old and picked up to many bad habits at his current club.
02/11/2009 19:51:00
He would want to move to a club playing a better style of football, that is a fact. We spoke to him in the players lounge after last years BR v WHU game in Portuguese. I would have put money on him leaving last summer based on his views then! I was with a number of Portuguese coaches, players and officials invited to the game, how I chuckled as a "Dingle" spy in the camp and got to support WHU in claret and blue lol.
02/11/2009 20:18:00
Good luck Benni, wherever you escape to!
Couch Potato
02/11/2009 21:03:00
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