Blackburn chase Monaco defender Mongongu

Blackburn Rovers are reportedly hot on the heels of Monaco defender Cedric Mongongu, as the northern club looks to find a replacement for Phil Jones. With an extra £16 million to spend from the sale of the England under-21 centre back to Manchester United, the Ewood Park outfit are set to move for the Congo international, who is valued at £2.5 million.

Despite his employers relegation from Ligue 1 in 2010/11 and admitting that a move to the Premier League would be of interest, the 22-year-old has remained coy on his future.

“I am hearing so many reports and claims about me through the papers, but I am still a Monaco player. I have a contract until 2013. I am only 22 years old and I have a long future ahead of me. Blackburn would be a good opportunity, but staying with a very good club in France can also be fantastic,” he is reported to have said in The Guardian.

Meanwhile club owners The Venky Group have stated that their transfer policy will be more reserved this summer.

“I am not into any name game. I want to concentrate on the proper game and get ahead. We are buying one or two strikers and a few midfielders. We have to pump in money if we have to buy players. But I can’t disclose the amount. The money that came out from Phil Jones’s transfer is also there for the club and will be used in the transfers,” director Balaji Rao stated.

The board member also backed boss Steve Kean, who helped the club avoid relegation on the last day of the season in 2010/11.

“I am happy with how the club came out of relegation. The players fought very well. The boys are really trying hard and they are doing the best they can. We are also happy with coach Steve Kean. He has brought the team together.”