Sam Wants Van Nistelrooy!!!!
Sam Allardyce has revealed he would like to bring Ruud van Nistelrooy to Blackburn from Real Madrid - if he can persuade Ruud to take a pay cut.
Allardyce is looking to continue his trend of brining flair names to an unfashionable club as he has done in the past. This is only a preliminary link but one that Sam is likely to chase up given even a sniff of a chance.
The transfer fee is suggested to be low - £1.5 million maximum - but the wages are the stumbling block. Ruud is on £70,000 but Sam wants a crack at talking him round to lowering his demands in exchange for guaranteed first team football.
Throw into the mix that Van Nistelrooy knows he is not going to get a kick at Real next season.
Allardyce is convinced he can pull in the big names, speaking to the Independent - 'I [spent all the money on one player] a few years ago with Nicolas at Bolton, is goals took us up to the next level. It's what it did to the rest of the players as well as what he did. Who'd have thought Bolton would get Nicolas Anelka? Nobody did. But I went out and did it.'
'It would be nice to do it with a Van Nistelrooy, I don't know, It was hugely difficult at the time but it's much more difficult now. The sort of salary [Van Nistelrooy] would be on at Real Madrid may be beyond us. But maybe he wants to come and play in England again and take less of a salary, then we'd be interested. It would be a major coup if I could pull it off.'
Allardyce also appeared to rule out the signing of Michael Owen with major doubts over his injury record.
Allardyce continued - 'I just question the injury scenario, I need a striker that's going to be available for 30 games next season. That's not happened for Michael over the last four years.'
So thats that then.
Although what becomes of this Ruud Van Nistelrooy link could either be complete tripe or a shock coup - and I for one hope it is the latter as he is a goalscorer and a fine one at the that, even if he is 33.