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Kean to listen to Hoilett offers
Published : 06 Jan 2012 14:16:46
Blackburn boss Steve Kean has admitted the club will now have to consider any bids for in-demand winger Junior Hoilett, who is out of contract in the summer.
The 21-year-old Canadian has stalled on several offers from Rovers and has attracted interest from Tottenham. Hoilett can now talk to other clubs about a lucrative free transfer in the summer and Kean admits that the player holds all the cards.
He said: "Any player does when it gets down to six months. If he would like to commit his future to the club we have always said from day one that we would like to get it tied up."
He added: "He has probably taken the opportunity to look elsewhere. I don't know where he is on it. If we can get to a point where he wants to sign then great.
"If not, if there is a bid that comes in then we would obviously have to consider that, and the fact that he hadn't signed. But no bids have come in."
Kean said that the club should have given Hoilett a longer contract than the two-year deal he was awarded in 2010 when Sam Allardyce was Rovers boss.
"A couple of years ago when we only signed him for two years we should have made that a longer contract," added Kean. "Everybody would say we should have pushed to make it longer because now when there's six months left it's tough for the club."
Kean said talks were still progressing with the representatives of striker Jason Roberts and defender Michel Salgado over "issues in their contracts".
A clause in both players' contracts means if they play a certain amount of games this season, they would be entitled to another year at the club.
It has led to neither being available for selection and Kean said Salgado had returned to speak to his agent about his future.