Surprise club looking to use loophole to sign Blackburn’s Hoilett

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Blackburn’s odds are currently 1/2 to be relegated from the Premier League this season and if they do finish in the bottom three this will end almost any hopes they have of retaining Junior Hoilett.

Not that they are likely to keep hold of their star asset in any case, as Hoilett has so far been reluctant to pen new terms on a contract that is set to expire at the end of the season.

With the risk of losing Hoilett on a free transfer at the end of the season, it was largely expected that he would be allowed to depart for a reduced fee in the January transfer window.

But despite interest supposedly being rife from a host of Premier League clubs including Tottenham, Newcastle and Bolton, no offers were reportedly forthcoming.

This could have been due to the clubs being happy to wait until the summer to get their man for nothing, but if this was the case, the decision could backfire.

A number of players from the British Isles have seemingly been keener to test themselves abroad in recent seasons, with David Beckham, Aiden McGeady and Joe Cole perhaps being the most notable.

And Hoilett could now follow suit, with Bayern Munich emerging as another club hoping to secure his signature and exposing a loophole that could give them a significant advantage in doing so.

When a player only has six months remaining on their contracts, clubs from another country are allowed to discuss terms from this point, whereas clubs in the same country have to wait until the contract expiry date has passed.

Therefore, Bayern may have already started talks with Hoilett and must be considered in prime position to lure Hoilett from Ewood Park, especially as they are likely to be able to offer Champions League football next season.

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