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Chelsea boss Mourinho desperate to land McCarthy

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is desperate to clinch the signing of Blackburn Rovers striker Benni McCarthy.

The Sun says Mourinho told Rovers to name their price for the South African, who banged in 18 league goals last season.

But Ewood chief Mark Hughes is refusing to sell the man who cost £1.8million from Porto last summer.

Mourinho said: "Benni had a great first season. He quickly settled into the English game.

"He is the kind of striker every coach wants and I am no exception.

"I've worked with him successfully in the past at FC Porto. I do like Benni.

"I saw the possibility of us reuniting at Chelsea but he has a contract.

"I could tell that he wanted to play for me again because we had a wonderful time together.

"But Blackburn said he was not for sale and you have to respect that."

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