Junior Hoilett will be leaving Blackburn in the summer, and news today that Newcastle, Sunderland, Arsenal and Spurs are at least four of the interested clubs in England.
Junior Hoilett – Blackburn’s excellent young striker
Now that Blackburn have been relegated, after what looked like an abysmal home display against Wigan on Monday night, and the 1-0 win was Wigan’s 6th win in just eight games, Rovers will let Hoilett move on in the summer.
Bayern Munich have also been linked with the player who will be a free agent this summer, but will still command a decent fee as compensation to Blackburn, because the Canadian is under 24 years old.
Hoilett’s contract expires at the end of June, and he has stubbornly refused to negotiate a new deal, and that has alerted top clubs in England.
Newcastle had Hoilett on their radar screen last summer, when Steve Kean traveled to Canada to meet with Hoilett’s parents, but the Blackburn manager was unable to get the youngster to sign a new deal.
At that time Kean rejected Newcastle’s approach and he also let it be known the player was going nowhere in January, as Kean tried to save Blackburn from the ignominious drop to the second division of English football – he failed.
Born in Brampton, Ontario, Hoilett was part of the Blackburn Rovers Academy from 2004, and he was initially unable to obtain a work permit in England, and Blackburn loaned him out to various German clubs to help the player earn one in the future.
Junior has appeared 89 times for Blackburn with 14 goals and 8 assists, and he has been one of Blackburn’s best players this season, and scored at St. James’ Park last year in Newcastle’s 3-1 win.
He turns 22 in June, and we think Hoilett would offer Newcastle something different up front, either in the center or out on one of the wings, and he would be a very good acquisition for the club.
What do you think?