Both QPR and Tottenham have been linked with a January move for the centre half, but the Scottish coach has reaffirmed the Lancashire team’s sentiments that Samba is not for sale.
“There were two bids from one club, that were refused, and there was a statement put out from the club to say that he is not for sale,” Kean told Sky Sports.
“It is a strong statement and that is the statement we are backing all the way. He is an important player and we want him to stay.
“We committed ourselves to Chris. He is not a long time into a long contract. There has been an offer that has come in and we have said no.
“There was interest in the last window and I believe there has been interest long before I was sitting here.
“There has been interest all along. It doesn’t surprise me, because he is a quality player for us and we would like to keep him. I would like to end it at that,” he stated.
Blackburn currently sit bottom of the Premier League table and Kean has promised to bring new faces to Ewood Park during the current transfer window.
Despite this, the under-fire trainer would not speak about rumours linking Fulham forward Andrew Johnson with the Lancashire club.
“I don’t want to mention any names. I said at the beginning of the window, we will try and get bodies in and try and get them as quickly as we can.
“It has been slow. It has been slow for everybody.
“I don’t want to name anybody. I don’t want to give you numbers. I don’t want to give you figures. But we have been very busy over the last eight, nine days.
“We would like to be here announcing people and you seeing faces, as opposed to speculation,” he concluded.
By Gareth McKnight