Big Sam hoping not to miss Popov

The 22-year-old has been on trial at Ewood Park but Rovers denied
claims by Litex Lovech last week that a deal had already been
completed. Allardyce said: “We had a little look at him and we are
in tentative negotiations. “I am not so sure what the total outcome
is in terms of price, but he is an interesting player. “He is a
very good young prospect but whether all the numbers stand up is
another matter.” Allardyce is anxious to recruit more firepower to
supplement Niko Kalinic before the summer transfer window closes.
He added: “We are trying to get players in and we all know what
position we want it to be. “I don’t want to be doing anything after
Friday of this week – I don’t want to be panicking or judging the
market in the last couple of days of the window. “It is unhealthy
doing it like that and you could very easily make mistakes.” Former
Manchester City and Portsmouth forward Benjani Mwaruwari has also
been training with the Lancashire outfit this month and Allardyce
will give consideration to a deal. The Zimbabwe international, 32,
was released by City at the end of last season. Allardyce said:
“Benji is training with us. We’ll see where we are when that
training finishes in the middle of the week and make a decision
there.”