Blackburn in bid to lure Benjani
Zimbabwe captain and current Sunderland striker Benjani Mwaruwari looks a summer target for Blackburn’s Sam Allardyce.
The Manchester City striker completed a loan move to Sunderland at the end of the January window but looks like being on the move again.
The Zimbabwean, 31, has been told he can leave Eastlands.
Sunderland have an option to buy in the summer – but boss Allardyce has enquired about the former Portsmouth striker as he is desperate to bolster his frontline.
The Rovers chief failed to sign a striker in January after missing out on Eidur Gudjohnsen and James Beattie. He also allowed Benni McCarthy to join West Ham.
Benjani cost £7.6million when he was signed by City two years ago.
His severe injury problems meant they only paid about half the sum because he did not start 75 games, which would have triggered further payments.
Benjani looks certain to leave City when the window opens again but Allardyce’s hopes of landing the player will depend on whether Sunderland pursue a permanent deal.
The Black Cats will be in the box seat to land Benjani but Steve Bruce may have other plans in the summer and that could leave Blackburn in the clear to do a deal.
Meanwhile Sunderland’s three January signings will kick-off half-term by meeting fans at club stores.
Matthew Kilgallon will team up with fellow defender Alan Hutton for the first signing session at the official club store in Debenhams, The Bridges, Sunderland, on Tuesday (February 16) from 4pm to 5pm.
On-loan striker Benjani will net an appearance at the Stadium of Light store the following day, (February 17), between the same times.
Kilgallon said: “Everybody knows about the footballing passion in the North East, and this is a great way for me to meet the fans and settle into the area. I can’t wait.”
Supporters are advised to arrive early to make sure they get to meet their favourite stars. Staff Reporter/News of the World