Warnock set for Rovers
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Liverpool defender Stephen Warnock is undergoing a medical at Blackburn.
Liverpool defender Stephen Warnock is undergoing a medical at Blackburn, as Rovers prepare to release Lucas Neill to West Ham.
Rovers manager Mark Hughes will only sanction Neill's £1.5million move to Alan Curbishley's team once he has secured the signature of Warnock.
Providing there are no last-minute complications both players can expect to complete their moves on Monday.
Hughes confirmed to Sky Sports News: "I would expect we'll get some news today, obviously we want to make sure we get our side of the deal done.
"We're hoping to sign Stephen Warnock today and once that goes through then Lucas will be allowed to leave."
Hughes identified Reds left-back Warnock as a direct replacement for Hammers-bound Neill.
The Rovers boss even proposed a swap deal involving Neill and Warnock when Liverpool were negotiating for the Australian, who later opted for a more lucrative move to Upton Park.
"We've looked at Stephen and we think he fits the criteria for a Blackburn player," Hughes added. "He's young, he's hungry and he wants to progress in his career and we feel he's the right type of player to bring to the club."
Hughes also revealed his disappointment after Andre Ooijer suffered a broken leg in Rovers' 3-0 win at Manchester City on Saturday.
The Dutch international, who has already undergone an operation on his leg, will be sidelined for the rest of the season.
"It is a blow to us all. We are all disappointed for Andre," said Hughes.
"He has been a real influence for us both on and off the field.He has brought a winning mentality to the club and is a guy of great experience. We have benefited from that.
"His day-to-day work has been excellent. He doesn't allow his standards or those around him to drop.
"The operation went well and, once his body heals, he will back."