Blackburn Rovers have taken Rudy Gestede from Cardiff City on an initial loan deal, which could be made permanent during the winter window.
The 1995 Premier League champions had planned to make a return to the top-flight this season, but after 16 rounds of fixtures, they are six points off a playoff place in the Championship. Manager Gary Bowyer remains convinced he can lead the Lancashire side up the table come the end of the campaign, and it appears as though he still has the backing of his board.
The Rovers boss has today signed Benin international striker Gestede on a loan deal until January, when there will be an option to take him on a permanent basis. The 25-year-old, who has two goals in three caps for his country, has been at Cardiff since 2011, and although he has racked up over 50 appearances, he has been used as a substitute just three times this term.
Formerly of Metz and Cannes in his country of birth in France, the 6ft 4in hitman is expected to be named in Bowyer’s squad for the weekend clash with Leeds United at Ewood Park. The Whites currently occupy the final playoff position in the standings, so a defeat for Blackburn would see them slip further behind the chasing pack for a shot at Wembley glory in May.