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Blackburn deny deal for Bulgaria striker Popov

Blackburn have denied agreeing a deal with Litex Lovech striker Ivelin Popov.

A statement on the Litex Lovech website earlier on Thursday suggested that the transfer was sealed but for the player's work permit, but that does not appear to be the case.

Rovers chairman John Williams said: "He is one of a number of strikers currently under consideration. We have not made an offer to his club."

Popov, 22, has around a one in three strike-rate for the club and is also a Bulgarian international, for whom he has bagged three goals in 16 games. It was reported that had impressed while on trial at Ewood Park, persuading manager Sam Allardyce to offering him a deal.

The Litex statement read: ''Negotiations have been completed between the club, Blackburn and Ivelin Popov. All three parties are satisfied with the arrangements. Ivelin Popov will be back in Bulgaria on Thursday to collect their luggage and to submit documents for a British work visa and next week will join Blackburn.''

The striker has previously been linked with a move to England, with Manchester City and Sunderland showing interest in the past. PSV Eindhoven and Ajax have also been linked with the player.

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