Blackburn eye Ruud swoop

Blackburn Rovers manager Sam Allardyce says he is hoping to sign Real Madrid striker Ruud van Nistelrooy. The former Manchester United striker, who netted 95 Premier League goals in 150 appearances for the Red Devils, has not featured for the Madridistas since late 2008 after undergoing knee surgery. And the Dutchman, along with fellow countrymen Arjen Robben, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Rafael van der Vaart, Wesley Sneijder and Royston Drenthe have all been linked with moves away from the Bernabeu this summer as new president Florentino Perez continues to splash out on stellar acquistions, including Kaka and Cristiano Ronaldo. The Ewood Park outfit are on the lookout for new recruits up-front with strikers Roque Santa Cruz and Matt Derbyshire having departed for Manchester City and Olympiakos respectively. And Allardyce has revealed his hopes of bringing the 32-year-old back to the North West of England. "Who'd have thought Bolton would get Nicolas Anelka? Nobody did. But I went out and did it," he said. "It would be nice to do it with Van Nistelrooy. "The sort of salary he would be on at Real Madrid may be beyond us. But maybe he wants to come and play in England again and take less of a salary, then we'd be interested. "It would be a major coup if I could pull it off." NEWS: Ruud recommends Dutch flee Madrid NEWS: Spurs ready to swap Roman for Ruud? NEWS: Redknapp closes in on Van Nistelrooy NEWS: Van Nistelrooy set to return in summer