Blackburn May Be Next Stop for Berkovic

Eyal Berkovic may return to Blackburn Rovers where he played during the 2001-2002 season, to help the club move up from the First Division to the Premiership. If this transfer is arranged with Berkovic's current club, Manchester City, it would be on a loan basis and City would need to agree to foot at least 40 percent of the Israeli midfielder's salary (28,000 pounds a week).

Blackburn's manager Graeme Souness, who has a very good relationship with Berkovic's agent Pini Zahavi, is looking to strengthen the team's midfield after its mediocre start - five points in five games - this season. He is especially interested in a playmaker of Berkovic's caliber.

Dino Baggio, who came on loan from Lazio this summer, is not in top shape and played poorly as a substitute in Blackburn's last Premier League match against Liverpool. Souness is also displeased with the play of Barry Ferguson and the Australian Brett Emerton.

Souness was angry at his midfielders after the 3-1 loss against Liverpool and complained to one reporter: "I had a midfielder that brought us up a league. It seems that he's still better than what I have now."