Bulgarian's Blackburn move blocked

01 September 2010 09:42
ulgaria striker Ivelin Popov's proposed move to Blackburn has fallen through after a work-permit application was rejected.[LNB] The Litex Lovech forward passed a medical at the club last week and had agreed terms on a deal but the Home Office have refused to grant him the necessary paperwork.[LNB]The problem is that Popov has not made enough appearances for Bulgaria, having missed several games in the last year due to injury.[LNB]The 22-year-old has scored three goals in 15 matches for his country since making his debut in 2007 and is expected to start Friday's Euro 2012 qualifier against England.[LNB]The news that he does not qualify for a work permit will come as a major blow to Blackburn as Popov is regarded as a bright prospect for the future and was instrumental in helping Lovech win last season's Bulgarian title.[LNB]Rovers were reportedly ready to pay 3million euros (£2.5m) to secure Popov's services and Sam Allardyce had been hopeful of completing the deal.

Source: Team_Talk