Bellamy: Linked with Rovers return
Bellamy: Linked with Rovers return

Rovers coy over Bellamy return talk

Blackburn chief John Williams has refused to confirm Rovers' interest in Craig Bellamy - but says it is "only natural" they are linked to him.

The Wales captain appears to have fallen out of favour after less than a year at Liverpool, who he joined last summer when the Reds triggered a 6million release clause in his Rovers contract.

Bellamy, who turns 28 next month, was a huge success at Ewood Park, scoring 17 goals in the 2005-06 season.

While refusing to reveal whether the striker is on manager Mark Hughes' shopping list, Williams said: "I've no idea if Liverpool want to sell him.

"His name is on everyone's lips because he did very well here."

He added on BBC Radio Lancashire: "It's an open secret we would like another striker at the club."

Whether or not that man is Bellamy, Williams accepts a quality top-forward will command a hefty transfer fee.

"Strikers don't usually come cheap," he said.

"It's unlikely we're going to find a 20-goal-a-season man for 500,000.

"Will we find a striker? I think we will. Obviously, there are names in the frame."

Exactly how much Hughes has to spend could depend on whether the club are able to offload Francis Jeffers in the near future.

The former Everton and Arsenal striker spent the final two months of the season on loan at Ipswich, who have had two bids - the latest believed to be 500,000 - rejected for the once-capped 26-year-old.

Williams said: "Mark has said, on balance, we would be prepared to sell Francis, providing certain things happened in our line-up.

"He probably isn't first choice and that makes Mark come to the view that if we receive the right offer, we wouldn't want to stand in his way.

"To be fair to Ipswich, they've done it properly. They made us an offer - we rejected it.

"They've made an improved offer and we've rejected that, and that's where we stand."

Jeffers joined Blackburn when his Charlton contract expired last summer.

Despite getting him for nothing, Williams insists Rovers are within their rights to demand a fair price.

He said: "We don't think we're being at all unreasonable. There might be a feeling out there that because we got Francis on a Bosman, that we should be lowering our expectation. I just don't get that at all.

"What we don't want to do is price him out of a move."

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disco189 (Manchester United fan)

"Why anyone would want to buy bellamy is beyond me, he should be sent back to celtic and play second rate football as he is a second rate player, love a good game of golf tho!!!!"

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