Blackburn Rovers to rival West Ham in Benjani chase
Soccernet understands Blackburn Rovers have joined the race to sign Benjani from Manchester City before the transfer window closes.
West Ham have made a move for Benjani, only to be told that for the moment Roberto Mancini needs the striker who is expected to play a role in Wednesday night's Carling Cup semi-final, second leg against Manchester United.
Mancini started Benjani in his third game in charge - a 1-0 win over Middeslbrough in the FA Cup - and the striker has featured in every match since. It is believed Mancini wants him to remain with the club as cover for the returning Emmanuel Adebayor.
Blackburn are seeking a replacement for Benni McCarthy who is on the brink of joining the Hammers for £2.5 million though and are ready to rival the London club for the signature of Benjani.
A source close to developments told Soccernet on Wednesday evening: "Blackburn are showing interest."
It was reported in some quarters that Liverpool might also have made an enquiry, but the source added: "I would doubt that very much."