Kean coy on Gignac rumours as Blackburn boss focuses on relegation scrap
09:50 GMT, 30 March 2012
Blackburn manager Steve Kean has denied reports he is on the verge of signing Marseille striker Andre-Pierre Gignac, claiming he is fully focused on the club's battle to avoid relegation from the Premier League.
Kean was reportedly in Marseille on Wednesday night watching the French international, but while he admitted he would like to recruit some experienced players in the summer, he played down talks of signing Gignac.
On the radar: Kean admitted he is an admirer of Gignac
Instead, Kean says he is fully focused on Monday night's clash with Manchester United – whom they could do the double over – at Ewood Park.
Kean said: 'I haven’t even looked with any great detail at player recruitment. If there is an opportunity to watch a game and there might be a decent player playing then I will take it in.
'But much more important is watching opposition and that is what we will be doing this weekend. It is about Premier League safety and then we can think about next season.
'The most important thing is we get to the points tally we need as soon as possible.'
Transformation: Kean celebrates the Old Trafford win with his players
Gignac, 26, has 16 caps for France and featured at the 2010 World Cup, but he has fallen out-of-favour at Marseille this season.
And the Scot admitted: 'I am an admirer of any good player and Gignac is a very good player. It was frustrating in January because we wanted an experienced striker but did not manage to get one.'
Kean added: 'There are a number of players that are on the radar.
'We need to make sure we get the balance between young players and experience right. We have lost so much experience, we have lost over 1,500 Premier League games over the last few months. We know we need to add experience and I am sure we will at the appropriate time.'