3 IN 3 OUT: THE BLACKBURN REVOLVING DOOR
Nigel Pearson has gone quick about his business after selling 3 of his Blackburn Rovers players and loaning in 3 young starlets!
Goalkeeper Simon Eastwood, Defender Matt Kilgallon and Midfielder Chris Taylor have all departed the Lancashire club this morning all for rival championship teams.
Newly promoted Bristol City were the first to complete the signing of Simon Eastwood for a fee of £200,000. The 26 year old who joined Rovers back in the summer of 2013, was said to be disappointed about not getting enough playing time at Ewood park.
Matt Kilgallon joined fellow promotion chasers Ipswich Town for a fee of £675,000. Although a key player for Rovers last season, Pearson was quoted in saying that, 'Kilgallon felt that he wanted to challenging towards the top of the table, something he doesn't feel is possible with this current squad that we have, he was a high earner so to get him off the wage bill can only better our finances and to also get a decent fee for him was a bonus.'
Chris Taylor has also left the club after Brighton has an offer of over £1m accepted by Blackburn. Taylor, who hasn't featured in the first team that much for Rovers spoke about his move with the Brighton website. 'At Blackburn I felt like I was more of a fringe player, I've moved down here to play more football because that's what I want to be doing. I don't want to train all week and then not play on a Saturday, our career's are short and we have to make the most of them. I want to thank Blackburn for all they have done for me but now all my focus is on doing well for this club.'
Chris Taylor in action against Leeds last season,
Rovers have also announced 3 players incoming, as Rovers raided Portugal for an intake of young loanees. A double swoop from FC Porto as Midfielder Ruben Neves and Forward Andre Silva sign on a one year loan deal. Also attacking midfielder Zakaria Labyad has signed on a one year loan deal from Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon.
New signing Zakaria Labyad
In other news, 10 youngsters have left Ewood park on loan till the end of the season in order to gain first team experience.