Thursday, 25 August 2011
George John Set For Blackburn
American defender George John is close to joining Blackburn from FC Dallas. To avoid the necessity of obtaining a British work permit, John has traveled to Greece - his grandparents' homeland - to collect a passport from another European Union country. "All the paperwork with the MLS has been agreed, the player has traveled to Greece to get his passport, and hopefully he will be in the country either tonight or tomorrow," Blackburn manager Steve Kean said Tuesday. "We've been tracking him through a scout based in the USA, we have had a number of good reports, and I've seen him myself on a number of occasions. "In times past I've been involved with a lot of American players -- Eddie Lewis, Marcus Hahnemann, Clint Dempsey, Brian McBride -- from my Fulham days. It's a very good market because you can get players who have great potential, who hit the ground running, and you can normally get them for a very competitive salary, and he fits the ball." John will fill a void left by Phil Jones' departure for Manchester United. "He is 6-foot-4, a commanding defender," Kean said of John. "He is quick, aggressive, and he has a really bright future."