Blackburn Rovers boss Sam Allardyce is making a shock move for Portsmouth striker David Nugent.

The Sunday Mirror says Allardyce is poised to take on former club Bolton in a bid to take Portsmouth flop ­Nugent back to the county where he made his name with Preston North End.

Big Sam is aware Pompey's administrator Andrew Andronikou wants to unload Nugent and that the 25-year-old Merseysider is desperate to return to the North-West.

Relegated Portsmouth want at least half the £6million they paid for Nugent in 2007. But Allardyce believes Pompey's desperate financial predicament may force them to accept less.

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