Jansen ? Clarets do want him

Last updated : 12 February 2003 By Tony Scholes

Today both clubs have confirmed that we have approached our neighbours Blackburn Rovers in regard to taking striker Matt Jansen on loan.

In fact the news leaked out of Ewood Park quicker than a Corrado Grabbi missed chance along with news that we are just one of a number of clubs to have made the same enquiry. Funnily enough they have chosen not to name any of the others.

Their manager Graeme Souness confirmed that it might be in his club’s best interests for Jansen to have a loan spell as he recovers his fitness after the horrific motor cycle accident that almost cost him his life.

Souness said, "If all parties can agree to the right sort of move then we would not be averse to him taking up a loan deal."

But are we one of the contenders, are we really interested or did we just make an enquiry? Over to Stan.

"I'm fine with it and so is Graeme Souness - I just hope the fans would be too. I spoke to Graeme on Saturday morning before we went to Coventry.

"To be honest my only concern was the fans' reaction, I don't have any worries. He is a good player who is not in their side at the moment. There is no doubt he would strengthen our front line, he needs games and I would certainly play him. Playing games would be beneficial to him and I hope that both sets of fans would see it would help both clubs.

"I think it would be a good thing and it will be better for him to be playing in my team than sitting on the bench. Blackburn would be paying a part of his wages and my chairman spoke to Rovers’ chief executive John Williams about him and the matter is now out of my hands.

"I just have to wait and see what the two clubs decide between them."

And that was all confirmed by Barry Kilby, who yesterday told us of our attempt to bring in Bryan Hughes. There are still other players on the wish list and Barry said today, "I will be speaking to John Williams today to see where we are up to. A lot will depend on who else is in for him and, as ever, how much we would have to pay.

"But we have made various enquiries about players although we won't bring anyone in this week. We need to get the Cup tie out of the way and then look to bring players in before the Derby game."