Well, Owen Coyle has spoken of his desire to dip into the January sales but will Blackburn owners Venky’s allow him to do so – without offloading players first?
Ahead of the defeat to Reading at the weekend Coyle had spoken about his hopes of being able to deal in the transfer market when this opens in a little under two weeks time.
He told the Lancashire Telegraph it was important to do ‘good business’ next month in order to improve the squad and ensure Blackburn move away from the bottom three.
‘It`s important we get the right players in, the ones that can complement and help us moving forward because that`s what we want to do, continue to grow. We`d love to add to the squad in January and bolster and strengthen the squad and that would help elevate us up the table to where we want to be. I think it`s important we do business, and good business.’
‘All I want to do is strengthen the squad and make sure the Blackburn Rovers team and squad that comes out of the window is stronger than the one that went in to the window. By doing that, that is naturally going to move us up the table because we`ll be far better for it.’
Coyle did bring in 12 players during the summer but this was to boost a squad that had seen a number of players released prior to his arrival. Those brought in also consisted of six loan players and several free agents.
Among those loanees is Marvin Emnes who arrived from Swansea, his spell is due to end in mid-January. An extension to that deal would be one Coyle looks to make with the boss adding he would prefer to do these – would be/could be – deals early in the month.
‘I think there`s merit in that, but I think it`s also important to get the right player in. Ideally you`d love to get your business done on the first day of January but it doesn`t always happen like that.’
The Blackburn boss concluded the talks were ongoing with Venky’s with a meeting taking place later this week to determine what could happen – then again what might not happen!
‘From my point of view the dialogue continues. I have a meeting (on Thursday night) to try and move things on and we`ll see where we get to.’
Plenty of player departures have been seen in 2016. Yes, players have arrived at Ewood Park too but with some £20m received from the sales of the likes of Jordan Rhodes, Shane Duffy and Grant Hanley little has been reinvested – the calibre of arrivals certainly doesn’t compare.
Therefore Coyle probably shouldn’t be holding out too much hope of getting much backing in 2017 should he?