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Sunday 24 September 2017

Andrews to exit Rovers

KEITH ANDREWS hopes he can secure his exit from Blackburn Rovers before the 11pm closure of the January transfer window tonight.

But his fellow Irishman Paul Green is unsure of his future as Derby County could accept a last-minute bid for the midfielder. It's a scenario which is playing havoc with his club's immediate plans as Rams boss Nigel Clough does not know if Green will still be at the club by the time Derby kick off their Championship game against Barnsley tonight.

And Andy Keogh is also hoping to secure a last-minute move on loan away from Wolves in a bid to secure the first-team football he needs to win a place in Ireland's Euro 2012 squad, while the financial problems at Portsmouth could force Pompey into a last-ditch sale of Liam Lawrence.

Andrews has fallen out of favour with Blackburn boss Steve Kean and the Dubliner has repeatedly said that he saw no future for himself at Ewood Park under the current manager, even though Andrews has 18 months left on his current deal with Rovers.

The former Stella Maris man had enjoyed a spell on loan to Championship side Ipswich in the first half of the season -- despite leaving the Tractor Boys earlier this month Andrews is still their leading scorer -- but was forced to return to Blackburn when that loan deal expired.

Andrews has been training with Blackburn since then but he is desperate to leave and last night handed in a transfer request.

Wigan and Aston Villa have been linked with Andrews while a move back to his first senior club, Wolves, is also a possibility.

One man who could be on the move is midfielder Green. He is highly regarded at Derby but as he is out of contract at the end of the season, the Rams fear they could lose him for free and may take the decision to sell Green today. "We do not know what is going to happen with Greenie and maybe one or two other players," said manager Nigel Clough. "There's been a bit of talking going on with one or two clubs but nothing has been agreed and so we will see what the situation is."

Meanwhile, QPR are ready to end midfielder Martin Rowlands' long association with the club. The Irish international has six months left on his contract with the club but Rowlands, who has played just once for Rangers this season, in the Carling Cup, appears to have no future with the club, and is currently on loan to Wycombe.

"There are a few guys in two minds as to whether they have a future here. There will come a moment when we've got to name a 25-man squad and that might affect players' decisions," says manager Mark Hughes.

"(Paying up contracts) was an option discussed with a number prior to me getting the job here. So we'll have to revisit those conversations and see if they're appropriate now."

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