Hughes still hopeful over Mido
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Blackburn are hopeful of landing Mido, despite there being no end in sight to the transfer.
Blackburn manager Mark Hughes is still hopeful of a successful conclusion to Mido's transfer saga but claims the protracted nature of talks is giving Rovers growing cause for concern.
Rovers have long courted the former Tottenham striker, even before the sale of Craig Bellamy, and opened talks with both Roma and the player's agent, Mino Raiola, last month.
But the transfer appears to have hit a number of snags along the way and Hughes now concedes he may have to consider alternatives to the rangey Egyptian.
"Yeah, it [the Mido transfer] is still a possibility," Hughes told Sky Sports News. "It's dragged on for an inordinate length of time, it's the longest transfer I've been involved in but we'll keep going - it's not come to its conclusion yet. If it doesn't happen we'll look at other targets.
"It changes from day to day. Yesterday I was probably more hopeful than I am today."
Hughes would not divulge whether one of his targets would be Nicolas Anelka, while reports also suggest Rovers are preparing to resurrect their interest in Porto's Benni McCarthy should a deal for Mido hit the buffers.
"We've got a number of targets that we're actively pursuing but we need to bring in one more striker at least and we hope to do that in the next couple of weeks."
Hughes also dismissed as premature claims that Chile international midfielder Jorge Acuna was on the verge of a switch to Ewood Park.
The former Feyenoord midfielder, who is available on a free transfer following his release from the de Kuip outfit, had claimed on Wednesday that he was set to join the club.
"We're going to bring him in and have a look at him for a couple of days but it's wide of the mark to say he's come for a medical and to sign - that's not the case."
Hughes is also continuing to run the rule over former Celtic midfielder Didier Agathe who, on Thursday, flew out with the rest of the Rovers squad to their pre-season training camp in Bavaria.
Agathe played the full 90 minutes as Rovers defeated Accrington Stanley 3-0 on Wednesday and the trialist - who laid on his side's second goal for Francis Jeffers - has already made a favourable impression on the Welshman.
"It's early days for Didier, he hasn't had a great deal of football in the last few months.
"But he acquitted himself very well last night so we'll see him again out on tour - we've got two games and he's got a big part to play and then we can make a decision at the end of it."