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.”