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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!

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday November 2 2009

Time: 4:51PM

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Naw cant see it can you?
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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
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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
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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.
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02/11/2009 17:25:00

He would want to be a regular in our team. so cant see it.
Grimsby Claret
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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!
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02/11/2009 18:18:00

Just like Hull and Stoke you mean last season?
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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.
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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.
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02/11/2009 20:18:00

Good luck Benni, wherever you escape to!
Couch Potato
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02/11/2009 21:03:00

Can't see this being anything more than paper talk, to be honest!
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02/11/2009 21:20:00

Absolutely no chance of this lad signing for us. One - not good enough. Two - there are better players available. Three - more chance of me, Barnsey and TMP playing up front in a three pronged attack situation and a combined age of xxx years.
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02/11/2009 21:41:00

Haha, whatever makes you guys feel better and makes you believe your a bigger club!
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02/11/2009 23:34:00

Deluded Blackburn fans eh!Players wanting to leave the sinking ship!!!
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02/11/2009 23:39:00

xxx years? Yeah thats about right 30 in roman numerals!! Barnsey would be all right up front, he never stops telling me how good he was at 'Pie &Chips '(Cough) or did he mean eating 'em?
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03/11/2009 11:14:00

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03/11/2009 11:20:00

I'm sure Benni McCarthy has too high an opinion of himself to sign for Burnley. This is not a dig at you clarets, just a reflection on the ego of the modern day footballer Don't really think he's ever lived up to his billing at Blackburn anyway, so why waste your money?
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03/11/2009 12:48:00

Barnsey was quite useful at Pie and Chips - After someone got him into the final :-)
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03/11/2009 12:49:00

Has it not occured to you that if there was any truth in this rumour then his agent wouldn't have contacted clubs BM had no interest in playing for? A factor could just be a simple location thing, he might be tempted to move to a Premier League club without involving too much upheaval to his personal life. It is odd though that the clubs mentioned are all currently below Burnley in the League, so on that basis we might have the upper edge
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03/11/2009 13:07:00

Tombo1984 I thought he was decent player before Rovers signed him! What does that say? Overpaid players! running up debts! no stability! big sam the saviour! long ball merchant! (yes you beat us before you mention it) But your living in cloud cuckoo land if you think we won't be above you this season?
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03/11/2009 21:18:00

This from today's Sun (4/11)-BLACKBURN are ready to sell striker Benni McCarthy in January - but will not let him go on loan. The South African, 31, wants regular first-team action to force his way into the reckoning for the World Cup hosts. Portsmouth boss Paul Hart is interested but Rovers would not consider selling him to a relegation rival. That means a switch abroad is the most likely option. Sam Allardyce would allow that only if they receive a suitable fee for McCarthy and can bring in a replacement. McCarthy has hit 50 goals for the club and was top scorer last season but boss Allardyce does not see him as a target man. He has been using in-form David Dunn as a second striker instead. Big Sam said: "Benni isn't a lead-the-line man, so Dunny has taken his place."
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04/11/2009 07:57:00

I will find out what the Portuguese think. Am working at two Portuguese clubs in the next week....(Sporting Lisbon week today). He may be looking at Porto who qualified last night. He may even consider Bragga as he knows their new manager and they are flying high this season.
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04/11/2009 10:36:00

Porto are interested in re-signing Blackburn striker Benni McCarthy after Rovers boss Sam Allardyce revealed he is willing to sell the South Africa international in January. (NOTW Sun 8th Nov)
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08/11/2009 18:50:00


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