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BLACKBURN ROVERS are set to offer American goalkeeper Brad Friedel a chance to save his career in Engilsh football.

The 29-year-old was in the American Olympic team that came fourth in the Sydney games but now finds himself unable to come back to Britain after Liverpool's application for a work permit was rejected by the Department of Employment.

Friedel has seen little first team action at Liverpool but Rovers manager Greame Souness is keen to bring him to Ewood Park to strengthen their challenge for promotion to the Premier League.

The Anfield giants are unlikely to want a fee for Friedel and the main problem for Blackburn would be obtaining a work permit.