Kazim-Richards joins Rovers

The Turkey international, who turns 26 this month, joins Rovers

with a view to a permanent move.

Blackburn boss Steve Kean is rebuilding his squad following

relegation from the Premier League last season and was eager to

bring in another striker after new signing Leon Best was ruled out

with a long-term knee injury.

Kazim-Richards is Rovers’ eighth summer signing ahead of their

Championship opener at Ipswich on August 18 and had a trial with

West Ham as well as Blackburn this summer.

After spells with Bury and Brighton, Kazim-Richards played for

Sheffield United in the Premier League during the 2006/07


Having committed his allegiance to Turkey – his mother is a

Turkish Cypriot – Kazim-Richards made his international debut in

June 2007 and sealed a move to Turkish giants Fenerbahce later that


Despite a positive start in Turkey, scoring against Chelsea in

the Champions League, Kazim-Richards was loaned to Toulouse during

the 2009/10 season and released by Fenerbahce in January 2011.

He then signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with their

bitter local rivals Galatasaray but again fell out of favour, going

out on loan last season.

The 36-cap striker, who helped Turkey reach the Euro 2008

semi-finals, won the league and cup double with Greek side

Olympiakos and has since been looking for a return to England.