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Ambitious Blackburn want Rovers return for Irish winger Duff

THE new Blackburn Rovers chairwoman has targeted a return to the club for Damien Duff -- although there is no suggestion that Fulham have been approached for the Irish winger.

Anuradha Desai, speaking on behalf of new owner's Venky's, dropped in the reference to Ireland winger Duff during a series of media interviews yesterday.

She spoke mainly about the club's ambitious moves for Ronaldinho and David Beckham. Yet she then dropped into a Sky interview that the owners were "thinking of getting Damien Duff back".

The Dubliner began his career at Ewood Park, before moving onto Chelsea, then Newcastle and from there on to Fulham.

He spent a brief period out of the Cottagers' starting XI before Christmas due to a loss of form, but has won his place back. It is unclear whether he would fancy a move back to Lancashire from London.


While boss Steve Kean admits that Rovers' attempts to sign Ronaldinho are "less likely than likely", of more pressing concern is that captain Chris Samba has reiterated his desire to leave the club due to his unhappiness with the new owner.

Samba, however, could return to their starting line-up for tonight's Premier League clash with Liverpool at Ewood Park.

Desai added that Rovers were considering making a better offer for Ronaldinho after other clubs had shown an interest in him: "We have already made a bid of €7.2m (£6.2m) and are negotiating whether to increase that," she said.

Even if Ronaldinho doesn't join the club after being offered a three-year deal worth over £20m, Kean stressed that he expected big things soon under the new owners.

"This transfer window will be about stabilising," he said. "I don't think it will be too far in the future that we are looking at a big name that in years gone by could have been very difficult to bring here."

The Brazilian, who only has six months left on his contract, won the World Cup with Brazil in 2002 and Champions League with Barcelona in 2006. Yet Rovers, who play Liverpool tonight, have not seriously challenged for the league title since winning it in 1995.

Irish Independent