Sam Allardyce cautious over deal for Bulgarian striker Ivelin Popov

23 August 2010 03:05
Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce is hoping to sign Bulgarian striker Ivelin Popov this week.[LNB]The 22-year-old has been on trial at Ewood Park but Rovers denied claims by the player's club Litex Lovech last week that a deal had already been completed.[LNB]Allardyce said: 'We had a little look at him and we are in tentative negotiations.[LNB] Popping in? Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce admits he is interested in Ivelin Popov but says negotiations are far from complete[LNB]'I am not so sure what the total outcome is in terms of price, but he is an interesting player.[LNB]'He is a very good young prospect but whether all the numbers stand up is another matter.'[LNB]Allardyce is anxious to recruit more firepower to supplement Niko Kalinic before the summer transfer window closes.[LNB]He added: 'We are trying to get players in and we all know what position we want it to be.[LNB]'I don't want to be doing anything after Friday of this week - I don't want to be panicking or judging the market in the last couple of days of the window.[LNB]'It is unhealthy doing it like that and you could very easily make mistakes.'[LNB]Former Manchester City and Portsmouth forward Benjani Mwaruwari has also been training with the Lancashire outfit this month and Allardyce will give consideration to a deal.[LNB]The Zimbabwe international, 32, was released by City at the end of last season.[LNB]Allardyce said: 'Benji is training with us. We'll see where we are when that training finishes in the middle of the week and make a decision there.' Blackburn insist no deal is done for £1.5m Bulgarian striker Popov... yet!Foster: Blackburn's long-ball tactics and giants are the stuff of nightmares Birmingham 2 Blackburn 1: Gardner digs out the points for McLeishBLACKBURN ROVERS FC

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