Kean happy to keep duo
Steve Kean has expressed his delight at holding on to Chris Samba and Steven N'Zonzi, while Junior Hoilett is close to signing a new deal.
Last Updated: 01/09/11 3:27pm
Steve Kean has expressed his delight at holding on to Chris Samba and Steven N'Zonzi, while Junior Hoilett is close to signing a new Blackburn deal.
Plenty of speculation had surrounded the future of centre-back Samba, even though Kean had always made it clear he had no intention of selling.
And the Rovers manager maintains that no club made an offer for the defender before Wednesday night's transfer deadline.
Blackburn did have to battle to keep midfielder N'Zonzi, and Kean was thrilled to see both players remain at Ewood Park.
"There was interest in Steven but we fought it off," said Kean.
"There were no bids that came in for Chris Samba and although there was plenty of speculation that bids would come in they never materialised.
"I gave Chris a couple of days off intentionally to make sure he was out of the country and we are delighted he is still here.
"It is credit to the players and the club that some of the biggest names out there are supposedly interested in our players.
"We now have our group who will take us forward and I am delighted the window has closed and with the business we have done.
"There were some big moves which went through late yesterday but we have managed to keep a real strong group together and when you look at the squad and the permutations we have up front and quality in defence I think we are stronger."
Agreement in principle
As well as keeping hold of key players such as N'Zonzi and Samba and bringing in Scott Dann on deadline day, Kean revealed that rising star Hoilett could commit his future to the club within the next day by signing a new contract.
"We are very close on Junior's deal. We've had extensive talks with him over the last couple of days," said Kean.
"We have agreed in principle a deal which has not been signed yet as there are a few minor things to sort out.
"We are confident it will be done and dusted in the next 24 hours.
"To see the emergence of him in the last few months...he is an exciting prospect for us to get him tied down for the next four or five years."