Blackburn Rovers striker Rudy Gestede’s agent has spoken out following a rejected £3.5m bid from Crystal Palace last week, saying to the Guardian the striker “really wants” to sign for the Premier League club.
Gestede has scored 12 goals this season – 25 in 52 games in total for Blackburn – and his prolific record has attracted a number of Premier League clubs desperate for goals.
The 26-year-old Benin international was left out of last weekend’s clash with Wigan because of the speculation.
“He was part of the preparation at the beginning of the week, but then obviously things changed,” boss Gary Bowyer told BBC Radio Lancashire, quoted by BBC Sport, after Blackburn had played out the 1-1 draw.
“He’s been fine. He’s aware of it. He’s handled it superbly well as he’s a top lad and we’re all waiting and seeing what is happening with the developments.
“One thing I will say – the Premier League clubs have to meet the valuation of our players.”
Crystal Palace’s interest hasn’t cooled despite manager Alan Pardew landing Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo on loan, but it’s thought they’ll face competition from Hull City – who have seen strikers Nikica Jelavic and Abel Hernandez suffer recent long-term injuries.
Gestede’s agent David Wancier has claimed the player would love to push through a move to England’s top flight.
“Crystal Palace made an offer to Blackburn last week but it was rejected,” he said to The Guardian.
“Now the clubs have to discuss to try and find a solution. The player really wants to sign for Crystal Palace but is also committed to Blackburn.
“Rudy has been enjoying this season and just wants to play football. He just wants the club to consider this great opportunity for him to achieve his ambition to play in the Premier League.”
It remains to be seen whether Gestede will feature for Blackburn in this weekends FA Cup clash with Swansea.