Kean ready to welcome Vukcevic
Published 23/08/2011 | 10:52
Blackburn boss Steve Kean claims the arrival of Simon Vukcevic will provide his team with "a totally different dimension".
Vukcevic is due to be imminently unveiled, heralding a potential influx of players this week that could include FC Dallas centre-back George John and Hoffenheim striker Vedad Ibisevic. Rovers are understood to have paid Sporting Lisbon £2million for the services of 25-year-old Montenegro international Vukcevic.
"He is an exciting player," Kean told the Lancashire Telegraph. "He can play wide left or wide right. He has good technical ability and is a very focused guy."
The Rovers boss added: "He is very serious about his football, and I think he will give us a totally different dimension."
Rovers look set to pay a fee for John of around £1.2million to Major League Soccer, who hold the player's contract.
Personal terms have yet to be finalised, although it is hoped the deal will be concluded by the end of the week as Rovers finally close in on filling the gap vacated by Phil Jones' £16.5million move to Manchester United.
To avoid the necessity of obtaining a work permit, John and agent Ted Philapakos have travelled to Athens to collect a passport, with the 24-year-old holding dual citizenship as his grandparents were born in Greece.
"The reason we are going to Athens is while George is technically a Greek citizen he does not have a Greek passport, and you need one to be registered as an EU player," said Philapakos.
"So we hope to pick that up either on today or tomorrow. It is not a problem, just red tape. Between now and then we would hope to have some negotiations with Blackburn Rovers about personal terms, and the idea is if we can get an agreement in place then we will travel to England.
"Until then it really depends on what Blackburn Rovers want to do. It is not completely in our hands. I understand George might not be the only centre-back they want. But Dallas are allowing him to travel. Of course it is a fantastic opportunity and we would not be travelling if we didn't think that."