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Rovers launch 'two sizeable bids'

July 20, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Blackburn manager Steve Kean is hopeful of soon adding to his squad after revealing "two sizeable bids" have been lodged.

Steve Kean
PA PhotosSteve Kean believes Champions League football is a realistic target for Blackburn

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Reports have suggested Kean's transfer budget has been reduced amid claims owners Venky's are under pressure to pay off some of the club's overdraft.

But Kean has moved to dispel these suggestions, insisting that he has a sufficient transfer kitty at his disposal while stressing he has not been instructed to sell before buying.

He said: "That (selling before buying) has definite 100% not been mentioned. We have not had any bids in for players from other clubs so we couldn't have put any bids out there in case they were accepted if that was true.

"We have got two active bids out there and we will see if they are accepted, if not other bids will go in.

"They are not small deals they are sizeable bids. I imagine they will come to a conclusion within the next 48 hours, if they happen - great, if they don't we will put other bids out and attract other players to the club.

"The facts are we know where we want to strengthen and that there is money available. Finance is not the stumbling block, there is certain paperwork that has to be done.

"I can totally understand the fans' frustrations and I hope they bear with us because it is not a case where we are twiddling our thumbs and not doing any work.

"I have a good relationship with the owners and we have a management panel in place. There is activity. I am possibly frustrated we have not managed to finalise one. It is a lot harder to get them done than I first thought."