Transfer news: Blackburn sign Tom Cairney and Rudy Gestede

Last Updated: 02/01/14 10:07pm

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Blackburn have signed both Tom Cairney and Rudy Gestede on permanent deals.

The pair have been on loan at Ewood Park - from Hull City and Cardiff City, respectively - and have now decided to put pen to paper on three-and-a-half-year contracts following the opening of the January transfer window.

Midfielder Cairney, 22, made his initial loan move from the Tigers on August 1 and has since made 24 appearances for Rovers.

Forward Gestede, 25, moved to Blackburn on loan from Cardiff on November 25 after failing to win a regular starting berth with the Bluebirds and has featured six times for the Championship side so far.

Cairney told Blackburn's official website: "I'm very pleased to sign permanently - that was a goal of mine when I came on loan in August.

"First and foremost, I wanted to try and get games under my belt. I knew it was a big club, with a lot of good players here and I really wanted to try and do my best and help the team push on.

"I feel like I've played well this season, but I still think there's more to come and I'm looking forward to the future with Blackburn Rovers."

Benin international Gestede, who scored in the 2-1 win at Leeds on New Year's Day, added: "I am very happy to sign for Blackburn Rovers.

"They gave me the chance to play and to be on the pitch and now they have given me the chance to sign a permanent deal and I'm delighted to take it.

"It's a big club and so I'm very happy to stay here. Everybody was very welcoming with me when I joined. They tried to make me feel at home and that's happened."

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