Kean hopes for Jones deal
Blackburn manager Steve Kean has confirmed that the club are set to sign midfielder Jermaine Jones.
Last Updated: 15/01/11 7:09pm
Blackburn manager Steve Kean confirmed that the club are set to sign midfielder Jermaine Jones following the defeat to Chelsea.
Rovers went down 2-0 at Stamford Bridge but there were positives to take from the performance, and they could be handed a further boost by the arrival of the America international next week, as well as a number of other signings.
The 29-year-old Schalke battler is currently plying his trade in the Bundesliga but Kean is confident the paperwork will soon be completed.
"We've got initial paperwork for Jermaine. If we can push that through in the early part of next week then that'll be a great signing for us," he told Sky Sports.
"There was a signing that almost happened on Friday that went backwards a little bit.
"So if we can get that back on track, I'm confident that will happen, that will be another two in.
"Then we can look and assess the injuries that are coming back and if they're coming back then that's fantastic, if not then we might add another one."
Blackburn worked hard against Chelsea but were undone by second-half goals from Branislav Ivanovic and Nicolas Anelka and lost David Dunn early on to a hamstring injury.
Kean added: "We thought we could have taken something from the game. Certainly we're disappointed in the manner in which we lost the goals, defending set-plays.
"Normally we're excellent and aggressive when we're defending them and equally at the other end we're normally aggressive.
"We felt they were getting too many corners. I thought we were playing pretty well on the break but I felt as though we had to change it a little bit and try to retain the ball from the front.
"When it was going up to the front it was coming back a little too quickly and it was almost wave after wave of attack.
"We got Roque (Santa Cruz) on to try and hold it up. I thought he did really well.
"He's going to be a great player for us and I think if we can get some service into and improve in our delivery and penetration in wide areas I think we'll see the best of Roque."
Rovers' away form has let them down this season but Kean is not overly concerned, saying it is an improvement on last year's results on the road.
He remarked: "I think it's improving from last year. At this point we had five points last year and we've got 10.
"That's not too bad and I think if we can continue to put on performances like that and turn up with set-plays then I think we'll put some points on the board away from home."