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Rovers look at Beattie as Sam slams 'disloyal' McCarthy

Sam Allardyce will target a replacement for Benni McCarthy after Blackburn Rovers agreed a fee with West Ham United for the South Africa striker.

A move for Stoke's James Beattie is being lined up, while Rovers have also looked at Stuttgart's gifted Turkish midfielder Yildiray Basturk.

A fee believed to be £2.25m has been agreed for McCarthy, 32, who stayed away from training this week in an attempt to force through a transfer.

Allardyce said: "We will now look to secure a replacement -- we have been inundated with offers of players."

Asked if he was interested in Beattie and Basturk, Allardyce hinted at a move: "If those players are available we may start negotiations, but the first thing would be to contact the club."

Blackburn were also linked with Eidur Gudjohnsen, who is now at Monaco, but it is understood that is unlikely to happen.

Meanwhile, Allardyce condemned McCarthy as "unprofessional" and said his conduct is symptomatic of selfishness and disloyalty shown by many players.

"What he's done is unprofes sional.It shows you that the only loyalty a player has got is to himself," he said.

Allardyce also claims Blackburn's match against Wigan Athletic tonight is even bigger than the recent Carling Cup semi-final.

"It is the biggest game of the new year for us," said Allardyce.

"I know Aston Villa was a massive game, but to gain back-to-back wins after beating Fulham, and to put ourselves in a better position in the league, is the objective. We've beaten Fulham, are out of the Carling Cup, which is disappointing -- we've the Premier League left, so let's make it a great run-in."