Muamba on Hughes' Shopping List?
One of the most highly rated young prospects outside of the Premiership (I say this due to his loan spell from Arsenal to Birmingham City seeing him play in the Championship) Fabrice Muamba is said to be on Blackburn Rovers' summer shopping list.
19-year-old Muamba is currently enjoying a highly successful loan spell with Championship promotion chasers Birmingham but is due to return to Arsenal in the summer. However, with first team opportunities likely to be limited, despite the obvious talent the England Youth International posses it is highly unlikely that he will be able to force his way into their first team, for a while at least.
Today's paper talk (in the Mirror) is claiming that Muamba will turn his back on Arsenal this summer and Rovers are in pole position to mount a £1 million raid after Hughes' assistant Mark Bowen watched Muamba perform against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday. Birmingham (if promoted) are also keen as are Reading.
The rest of today's paper talk links Rovers once again with Lee Hendrie, who is set to be released by Aston Villa in the summer. Morten Gamst Pedersen linked with a move to Liverpool that will bring Craig Bellamy back to Ewood Park and Francis Jeffers' future with Rovers still undecided after Ipswich Town expressed their desire to keep him when his loan ends.
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