Blackburn Rovers coach, Owen Coyle is keen to add Nigeria and Celtic defender, Efe Ambrose to his Sky Bet Championship side, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
The Rovers boss is keen to add the 28-year-old to his squad, initially on loan from Celtic, after making a move on deadline
Rovers are still awaiting a decision of the English FA on whetherthe former Kaduna United player will be granted a work permit ahead
of the proposed move.
But Coyle says should Ambrose be given the green light, and impress, he could become a permanent addition in the summer.
“When I bring players in on loan, I always bring them in because at the time we probably couldn't get them in permanently,” Coyle told Lancashire telegraph.co.uk.
“But there is always a chance that when you bring them in, you’d look to try and bring them to your club on a permanent basis.
“Marvin Emnes, come the summer, is a player that we’d love to bring to the club, Sam Gallagher is one that is probably out of many people’s price range, but you would hope that at the right time and place you could maybe get someone like that,Tommie Hoban is another.
“When players like that show their quality, as they have done, you always hope that long-term, you can keep them at the club, and Efe is one of those.
“Efe is out of contract in the summer, so if he does well, that could be a view to trying to keep him.”
Ambrose would require his work permit to be transferred from the Scottish Football Association to make him eligible, but Rovers are no closer to knowing when approval could happen.
Coyle added: “Efe has taken part in every training session since we signed the paperwork, which was obviously subject to the approval of the work permit being transferred from Scotland to England.
“That’s what the underlying issue is. In consultation with the Home Office, the club are led to believe that would be ok, and that’s now with the FA.
“The English FA and SFA have, in terms of work permits, different criteria in what equates to being allowed to be given a work permit.
“This is a player that has played 51 times for his country and in the Champions League, so he’s played a very high level.
“He’s shown his qualities as a player and we hope the FA look at that and are sympathetic to that he’s a bona fide quality player.”
Ambrose continues to train with Rovers ahead of the move, and Coyle said: “It’s important that he does.
“The group really like him, he doesn’t hold anything back in terms of the way he trains, and he shows that he wants to be part of it.
“The lad is desperate to be at Blackburn Rovers and kick-starthis career.
“We are really awaiting the final word from the FA, ultimately it will be there decision, but hopefully we get good news.”