Blackburn Rovers are considering a move for Benjani Mwaruwari following the Zimbabwe international’s release by Manchester City.
The 31-year-old has trained with Sam Allardyce’s squad this week as Rovers look to strengthen their striking options ahead of the new Premier League season. Allardyce has spent the summer searching for an inexpensive solution to his side’s lack of goals last term and, though he signed Mame Biram Diouf on a season-long loan from Manchester United last week, believes another striker is required.
The Zimbabwean arrived at Brockhall yesterday and will spend the next few days bidding to earn a Rovers deal, with the club’s medical staff assessing him.
The 31-year-old striker, a January target for Rovers, is now a free agent after being released by City boss Roberto Mancini and has yet to secure a future elsewhere.
However, any potential deal between him and Rovers is not yet believed to be close with both parties taking the next few days as an opportunity to assess the situation.
Rovers’ striker search will still continue elsewhere with a strong target man believed to be top of Allardyce’s wanted list, having already secured the services of the speedy Mame Biram Diouf.
Mame Biram Diouf (born 16 December 1987) is a Senegalese footballer who plays as a striker for Premier League side Blackburn Rovers, on loan from Manchester United, and the Senegal national team.
Diouf started his career at Diaraf before moving to Molde in 2007. In his first season with them he won the Norwegian First Division which gained promotion to the Norwegian Premier League. His performances and goalscoring attracted interest from a number of big clubs, he was eventually approached by Manchester United and agreed a move there in 2009. The deal also included that he would remain at his then current club Molde on loan until January 2010, when he then joined up with his new club. He scored on his home debut for United and has so far won the League Cup after being an unused substitute in their 2010 Football League Cup Final victory.
Diouf made his Senegal debut in 2009 in a 2–1 friendly win over Congo DR and has so far won 3 caps for his country.