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Monday, January 25, 2010
West Ham bid for AWOL Blackburn striker McCarthy

Soccernet staff

Blackburn have reportedly received a written offer from West Ham for striker Benni McCarthy and the South Africa international appears even more likely to leave Ewood Park after boss Sam Allardyce revealed that the he has missed Rovers' last two training sessions.

The Hammers have been heavily linked with McCarthy after Allardyce said earlier this month he could leave, but any departure will not be on good terms after the Blackburn boss admitted he was unhappy with McCarthy's double training no-show.

"We are very disappointed with Benni's non-appearance for training and will deal with it separately should he remain here after the transfer window has closed,'' the Rovers boss said.

"We have said all along that we will listen to offers, but only agree to sell if both the commercial and football reasons satisfy Blackburn Rovers. That situation remains unchanged.''

Although Allardyce will have no qualms about off-loading McCarthy he will not do so unless he can find an adequate replacement. However, the player's refusal to attend training means his chances of having a future at Ewood Park are slim.

West Ham are in the market for a big-name striker having gone public with their interest in former Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy.

New co-owner David Sullivan said the debt-ridden club were prepared to pay the Real Madrid forward 100,000-a-week but the Dutchman snubbed them for German side Hamburg.

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