Hughes has Benni hope

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Blackburn Rovers boss Mark Hughes has not given up hope of bringing Porto marksman Benni McCarthy to Ewood Park.

Hughes is desperate to add to his striking options, having recently sold Jon Stead to Sunderland, and has had his sights trained on the South African for some time.

Porto are believed to be holding out for a fee in the region of ‚é¼9 million for the 27-year-old, while Rovers value him at around half that.

Rovers chief executive John Williams hinted recently that the club would reluctantly look at other options, but Hughes would appear to be still holding out hope of striking a deal.

"The ball is in their court, basically, so we'll have to wait and see," Hughes told the Lancashire Evening Telegraph.

"He's a player who I think would be very good for us and that's why we've pursued him so vigorously.

"But at the moment it's a difficult situation."

Hughes, meanwhile, has admitted he let Stead move on in order to give him room for manoeuvre in the transfer market.

The Welshman believes Stead has the qualities to star in The Premiership in the future, but is looking to bring the finished article to Lancashire.

"We know where we want to go and we know the targets that are out there and how much they cost, so I had to sacrifice Jon because he was marketable and able to generate some money which will enable me to get the players I want," said Hughes.

"I've no doubt that in the next couple of years Jon will be very successful, but at this moment in time we need to prepare for next year and I think the best option was to allow Jon to go because that enables me to have a bit more money to work in the market place."