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Keane could turn down Turkey for Blackburn - reports

The former Sunderland boss is one of the favourites to take over from Steve Kean at Rovers.

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ROY KEANE MAY not be relocating to the opposite side of Europe after all.

The 41-year-old former Manchester United and Celtic midfielder has been out of management since departing Ipswich in 2011 but held talks with Turkish side Kasimpasa SK over a move in recent weeks.

Keane travelled to Istanbul on Monday to discuss signing a contract that is believed to be worth around €1.7m-a-year but although an agreement seemed close, as of yet no deal has been struck.

According to The Daily Mirror, Blackburn Rovers have now made a late bid to bring the Corkman to Lancashire.

Rovers, who were relegated from the Premier League last season, sacked Steve Kean last week after a run of four wins, three draws and one defeat in the Npower Championship this term and are on the look-out for a replacement.

Taking over Blackburn would make a lot more sense than relocating to Turkey from a geographical point of view as it not involve moving away from his young family.

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However, the club’s long-term stability is uncertain under the Venky family and he would need assurances before accepting to take the reigns.

Former title-winners with the club Tim Sherwood and Alan Shearer are also in the running for the job while Keane’s old team-mate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has played down speculation linking him.

BBC Sport report the current Molde boss as saying: “It’s the same as always. Speculation. We have gone up this path before and it is only speculation.

It will happen when it happens, that I have to pick up the phone to Molde owner Kjell Inge Rokke regarding a job offer, but I have not spoken to Blackburn as yet.”

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