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!