Blackburn eye Romania striker (plus video of him in action)
Published 23:00 28/07/11 By Alan Nixon - EXCLUSIVE
Blackburn boss Steve Kean is in talks with Romania striker Ciprian Marica about joining on a free transfer.
Marica has cancelled his contract with German side Stuttgart after an unhappy final season there and he is keen on a switch to Rovers.
Kean is looking for more forwards and Blackburn are now edging ahead of Marseille and Lokomotiv Moscow in the chase for the experienced forward.
Marica lost his place in the Stuttgart side last season and agreed to end his contract early after picking up a settlement.
Rovers are looking to pad out a thin squad having already lost three of last season's strikers and with another, Nikola Kalinic, eager to go too.
Kalinic wants to join Ukraine's Dnipro, but the clubs have yet to agree a fee.