Belfast Telegraph

Rovers wrap up Vukcevic deal

Blackburn manager Steve Kean has completed his fourth signing of the summer with the capture of Montenegro winger Simon Vukcevic from Sporting Lisbon.

The 25-year-old has signed a three-year contract, and although he has yet to collect a visa and work permit, it is hoped he will be available for Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash with Everton at Ewood Park.

"Hopefully he'll be back in the country some time tomorrow (Wednesday)," said Kean, whose side are at home to Sheffield Wednesday in a Carling Cup second-round tie on Wednesday night.

"It's going to be difficult for him to be involved in (the Carling Cup) game because he has not even trained with us.

"But if he comes back with all the appropriate paperwork then he will train with us on Thursday and Friday in preparation for the Everton game."

It is understood Rovers have paid Sporting £2million for Vukcevic, who is his country's most-capped player.

Assessing Vukcevic, Kean added: "He is an exciting player who can play wide on either side.

"As a character, when you meet him he is a very focused guy, takes his football very seriously. He likes to take people on, to be the guy who makes a difference, a bit of a match winner.

"He is a very good player with lots of international games under his belt for a country in the top 20, so he has performed at that level at a consistent basis. He will give us a different dimension."

Kean has also confirmed he is close to signing centre-back George John from Major League Soccer side FC Dallas. Rovers look set to pay a fee for John of around £1.2million to the MLS, who hold the player's contract.

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