Allardyce shows interest in Keane and Bentley
Saturday 11 December 2010
Sam Allardyce admitted he would be interested in signing Robbie Keane or David Bentley if they become available next month – with the added incentive for the Tottenham players being that they would be allowed to wear snoods should they come to windy Ewood Park.
The Blackburn manager, who was flattered to be tipped by Fabio Capello yesterday as his possible successor as England coach, will keep an eye on developments regarding the Spurs players but believes he will be in a long queue for their services. Allardyce said: "If Tottenham say that Robbie Keane and David Bentley are available then you are always interested in quality players.
"If they are, then I think we will be one of many, many clubs in the Premier League who would be interested. I have identified some targets and some talks have started – I've discussed it with the chairman and he will discuss it with the new owners. It's just a question of how much, that's the key element because there are various targets at various prices and we will not rule out a loan signing either."
If there is any concern over snoods – the scarves that have been declared banned items at Manchester United, according to Rio Ferdinand commenting on Twitter – then the players can rest assured. Allardyce said: "If they feel comfortable wearing it and it makes them play better then I think that's okay. I'll wait for the next cold snap and give one a try."
Allardyce and Spurs' Harry Redknapp were named by Capello as candidates to succeed him after the European Championship in 2012 but the Rovers manager would not be drawn on that likelihood. He said: "I hope they stick to having an English manager next. Whether that's me in contention I don't know but it's very nice of Fabio to mention my name. It's very flattering especially when it's a man of his standing in the game.
Allardyce returns to Bolton, the club where he made his name as a player and a manager, tomorrow hoping for more Lancashire derby luck – a win would send Blackburn above their local rivals. "There was nothing better for Blackburn fans last year than doing the double over both Bolton and Burnley," said Allardyce.
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