Allardyce plays down Guti link

Blackburn Rovers manager Sam Allardyce has admitted the signing of Guti from Real Madrid is not one of his summer priorities.

Guti, 33, is set to end his 15-year association with the Spanish giants when his contract expires next month.

The attacking playmaker is being tracked by a host of clubs across Europe keen to sign up such an experienced player on a free transfer.

But despite admitting his interest in Guti, Allardyce has revealed he has other priorities when it comes to strengthening his first-team squad before the start of the new season.

"Guti would be a player we would like to sign, there is no doubt about that," Allardyce told the Lancashire Telegraph.

"It has been fronted by (former Real and now Rovers full-back) Michel Salgado and it has been outstanding that a player like that would like to come to Blackburn. But a player in his position is not the priority at the moment.

"One of the stumbling blocks for me is (that) the priority is a front man and I am not so sure Mr Guti could wait for us to find a front man and see where we go from there.

"But that is the key thing for us to sign a front man and then look elsewhere after that."

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