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Allardyce hopes basturk can be a revitalised rover

Sam Allardyce hopes Yildiray Basturk can do for Blackburn what many of his other transfer bargains did for Bolton during his time at the Reebok Stadium.

Rovers boss Allardyce was renowned at Wanderers for signing players who appeared past their best, only to revitalise their careers under his leadership.

Jay-Jay Okocha, Youri Djorkaeff, Fernando Hierro, Ivan Campo and Bruno N'Gotty were famous Allardyce captures, who proved they did not join Bolton for easy money.

Basturk, who has moved to Rovers from Stuttgart on a six-month deal to the end of the season, fits the Allardyce mould of old as he is 31 and with his best days seemingly behind him.

The Turkey midfielder, who watched his new team-mates beat Wigan 2-1 at Ewood Park last night, has also barely kicked a ball in the past 18 months.

It begs the question as to why Allardyce has signed him, yet the manager said: "If he can reproduce the form he has shown in Germany, then we're looking forward to him playing here.

"The lad is committed. He wants to play in the Premier League, and we're going to give him the chance.

"I hope he is one of those gems I used to find at the old club down the road (Bolton) because he certainly has the quality and ability.

"What we've got is someone who has been cast off at the club he was at, and he wants to test his ability in the Premier League.

"I've had many of those so-called mercenaries in the past, like Jay-Jay, Djorkaeff, Hierro, Campo, N'Gotty, Stelios (Giannakopoulos), and they've all been outstandingly good players in the Premier League.

"I hope this lad will do the same. He certainly has the pedigree."

Basturk last night watched Rovers conjure up back-to-back wins for only the second time this season.

After Latics' Gary Caldwell cancelled out Morten Gamst Pedersen's stunning 20th-minute opener early in the second half, Niko Kalinic clinched victory 14 minutes from time with his first league goal since his £6m move from Croatian side Hadjuk Split.

The win moved Rovers up to 11th, seven points above the relegation zone.

"We've started 2010 really well, so let's keep it going, with everybody playing their part," said Allardyce.

"It's looking good for us. If we can go on a little undefeated run now, starting at West Ham, then we're looking OK."


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