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Allardyce concerned at lack of Blackburn firepower

Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce admits he has been left short of strikers after Benni McCarthy's late move to West Ham. Although a move to West Ham had been on the cards for some time, McCarthy's eventual transfer to Upton Park was not completed until Monday due to complications over a work permit.

But once his initial target, Manchester City striker Benjani Mwaruwari, had chosen to join Sunderland on loan rather than sign up at Ewood Park, there was not enough time for Allardyce to seal a deal for Aruna Dindane before the window closed.

"If I was Benni - as a player at his age - I'd want to go as well, so I've got no problems with that and in the end I've got no problems with the price that we got," Allardyce said.

"The biggest problem for us is that we didn't get anyone in to replace him.

"We tried to sign Benjani on a full-time basis but the work permit was a big problem, getting it through on time. Then it could only become a loan scenario.

"He wasn't the only player we went for - we went for many players before that but couldn't get it to a conclusion. Because Benni's transfer was so late, it was virtually impossible for us to secure one of the players that we had our eye on from abroad.

"So we finally ended up with Benjani, and he ended up going for Sunderland rather than us.

"We had to try and move quickly, because that decision was late on Monday, to try and get Aruna Dindane in and unfortunately, even though he was in the building right the way up to five o'clock, we couldn't get it through. We didn't have enough time to finish the paperwork.

"He was in the building, he had done the medical and we were trying to get a bit of leeway from the Premier League, but they wouldn't see fit to do anything for us. So when five o'clock came we just had to say, 'I'm very sorry, it hasn't happened'."

Rovers now have only Nikola Kalinic, Jason Roberts and Franco Di Santo left in his squad as recognised strikers.

"We are short of goals so the responsibility lies with those boys (up front) converting more," Allardyce said.

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