Rovers step up chase
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Benni McCarthy is understood to have moved high on Blackburn Rovers' wanted list.Benni McCarthy is understood to be very high on Blackburn Rovers' list of potential summer signings.
Rovers have been scouting vigorously over the last few weeks, mainly in search of new strikers.
Benfica's Tomislav Sokota has emerged as a target and Rovers have made a move for him on a Bosman transfer.
McCarthy is now an option for Mark Hughes, along with Craig Bellamy - who will be departing Newcastle in the summer.
The player's agent Rob Moore insisted that his client was concentrating on the rest of the season in Portugal.
"We don't want to comment on that at the moment," he said.
"We know clubs have watched and Blackburn have an interest.
"But Benni playing well for the rest of the season is the important thing right now and we will look at everything at the end of the season."
Everton, Birmingham and Newcastle are also keeping close tabs on McCarthy and could rival Blackburn should any bid be launched.
Blackburn were also linked with a move for McCarthy's South African team-mate Delron Buckley - also one of Moore's charges.
However, Moore revealed that a deal was never really in the offing.
"There was an interest from Blackburn, but he was not the type of striker they were looking for and now he has signed for Dortmund," he said.
"It was never a case of anyone rejecting anything and it worked out fine for everyone."
Blackburn are ready to make room for at least two strikers with some of their own departures, including Jon Stead who has already been targeted by newly promoted Sunderland.