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.