Prospective Blackburn Rovers owners Venky’s set sights on Champions League after initially aiming for top 12 finish

Ewood Park naming rights could also be sold to raise funds
Blackburn Rovers' prospective new owners have set their sights on the Champions League and insist they have the money to back manager Sam Allardyce.

It had been reported that Venky's, the India-based poultry and pharmaceutical firm, had said that they would only give Allardyce £5 million to invest in new players.

But prospective new owner Anuradha Desai insists that is only an initial figure, and more will follow in a bid to break into the top four in the Premier League.

Desai has also pledged that they will not risk the long-term future of the club in pursuit of success.

She told the Lancashire Telegraph: "Initially there will be £5million put in, straightaway, to buy players but of course if we have to do more then we will.

"There will then be much more investment and we have devised a spending strategy already for the next three years that will see the manager given significant funds to buy players.

"I am not promising that we will be a top four team but I can promise that we will try and that is what we will aim for.

"We are committed to improving the performance of the team and when the situation is right there will be investment.

"There will be much, much more than £5million and we want the fans to know that.

"We are trying to complete the deal as fast as possible because we are very excited about the prospect of owning a Premier League club."

The new owners will also consider selling naming rights to Ewood Park to raise funds.

Desai added: "We will do the best by the fans and also by the club and it is very important to continue the traditions of the club.

"We are going to be good responsible owners and we want to make the club stronger.

"There are a lot of marketing plans but nothing is certain yet.

"One of the things we are considering is sponsorship of Ewood Park but no decision has been made."

"We will do the best by the fans and also by the club and it is very important to continue the traditions of the club.

"We are going to be good responsible owners and we want to make the club stronger."

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