Blackburn allow Pascal Chimbonda to leave in January
Blackburn have told full-back Pascal Chimbonda he can leave the club in the January transfer window.
Rovers have decided not to renew the Frenchman's contract when it expires at the end of the season and are happy to let the player leave now.
The 31-year-old, who was linked with West Ham last summer, was at fault for one of Dimitar Berbatov's five goals in last week's 7-1 thrashing at Manchester United.
Manager Sam Allardyce said: "We are not going to renew his contract.
"His determination is to find a new contract and we feel for both concerned it is better to let him see what he can get in January."
Chimbonda joined Blackburn in summer 2009 after previous spells with Wigan and Sunderland and two stints at Tottenham.
The news is the first indication that changes at Ewood Park are imminent following the club's recent takeover by Indian firm Venky's.
Allardyce, whose side are 13th in the Barclays Premier League, is also hoping to strengthen his squad next month. He has already confirmed his interest in bringing striker Roque Santa Cruz back to the club from Manchester City.
"All I said was if Roque was available we would be interested," said Allardyce.
"There has been no progress on it.
"In the next seven to 10 days I will speak to the chairman about the way we go forward in January."
Blackburn have been linked with Espanyol forward Dani Osvaldo.
But Allardyce said: "We send scouts out every week - it is no different.
"It is just that the January window is nearly open and speculation starts.
"If he was a player I was interested in I wouldn't tell you anyway."
Latest in Sport
- 1 Jeremy Clarkson 'sees no problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC
- 2 'Alien thigh bone' on Mars: Excitement from alien hunters at 'evidence' of extraterrestrial life
- 3 Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
- 4 London restaurant 34 creates champagne glass modelled on Kate Moss’ left breast
- 5 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Disgusting, frustrating, but intriguing: how the country really feels about its politicians
Bin bag full of cats' heads discovered near Manchester's Curry Mile