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Struggling Blackburn in for defender and striker



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It’s safe to say that times are a little tough at Blackburn right now. Roque Santa Cruz has scored only twice, no one else is really scoring, and Blackburn are down in the relegation zone after losing to Sunderland at home on the weekend. Paul Ince will certainly be looking towards January to strengthen his squad for the second half of the season, and he already has his sights set on a few players, according to today’s reports.

Several sources, including Sky Sports, are reporting that Blackburn are closing in on versatile Norwegian defender Tore Reginiussen. The 22-year old, who plays for Morten Gamst Pedersen’s old club Tromso, is set to undergo a medical at Ewood Park next week.

Blackburn and Tromso are familiar with each other from their previous dealings with Gamst Pedersen, there doesn’t seem to be anything blocking the move, so it looks like an almost done deal. Reginiussen, who has four caps (one goal) for Norway’s senior national team, might be one for the future. However, he should provide immediate cover at the back, and he can also play in midfield.

The Daily Mirror say that Rovers are interested in 6’5” Red Bull Salzburg striker Marc Janko, who scored a hat trick in front of club scouts over the weekend. The 25-year old Austrian international is running away with the Austrian Bundesliga scoring title, with 20 goals in 18 matches.

Having a physical presence who can score goals in bunches can only help Blackburn’s current issues in front of goal. His scoring exploits will likely have him in demand come January, but with Salzburg chasing a league title, he could stay in Austria until the summer.

Neither would be a marquee signing, but they do have potential for the short and long term. With the second half of the season looming large for Blackburn, they could prove to be quality additions.