Ewood Park: Home of Blackburn Rovers(credit: Wikipedia
Blackburn Rovers have swooped to sign Barcelona academy product Ruben Rochina for an undisclosed fee.
The 19-year-old, who has represented Spain at youth level, agreed a four-and-a-half-year contract with Rovers on Monday to become their third signing of the transfer window, following Roque Santa Cruz and Jermaine Jones to Ewood Park.
And manager Steve Kean told the club’s official website: “Ruben is a genuine addition to our senior squad, a young player with great ability who can play in a number of attacking positions.
“He joins our elite development group, alongside the likes of Phil Jones and Junior Hoilett, and will compete for a place in the team from the word go.
“The fact that we are able to sign young players from the likes of Barcelona is further evidence of the owners' intention to push the club forward.
“They told me they were keen to add to our youth development group and this is a significant and exciting signing for us.”
Meanwhile, controversial forward El-Hadji Diouf has agreed a loan move to Scottish Premier League champions Rangers until the end of the season.
Diouf told the Light Blues’ official website: “I am very happy to join one of the biggest clubs in the world.
“This club has a great history. It will be great to wear the shirt and I will do my best.”