Rovers have Nonda option
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Blackburn have a deal in place should they wish to sign Shabani Nonda permanently.
Blackburn Rovers have revealed they have a deal in place should they wish to make Shabani Nonda's loan switch a permanent deal.
The DR Congo international is currently on a season's loan from Serie A outfit Roma and netted the winner in their 1-0 success at Middlesbrough in September.
Rovers chairman John Williams have confirmed the deal and stated the club can secure his services permanently if Mark Hughes wishes to keep him in his squad for the long term.
"We have an option to buy him," Williams told the Lancashire Evening Telegraph.
"Mark likes him, and if he feels he wants to keep him then the only thing that would stop a deal from happening is Nonda himself."
Nonda himself is enjoying life at Ewood Park, but is unhappy he has not found the back of the net as often as he would have liked.
"I like it here," said the on-loan striker. "It is a bad moment for me now because I came here to score goals and until now, I haven't scored so many.
"But I will keep working hard, and I believe the team can turn things around.
"I like the team, I like the fans, and I have good feelings here, so if the possibility arises to stay then why not?"
Meanwhile, injured striker Jason Roberts is not setting himself any dates for a comeback.
The former West Brom and Wigan ace is currently out of action after breaking a metatarsal in the side's 2-1 loss to West Ham.
It has been speculated Roberts could make a New Year return, although the experienced hit-man is not pressuring himself to come back early.
"January/February time has been mentioned, but we're not exactly sure just yet," he told the club's official website.
"Everyone heals at a different rate, some people get back quicker and some people take a bit longer.
"I don't want to really put myself under any pressure and because it's a bone injury, there's nothing you can do about it. So we'll just take our time."