Leeds United: Blackburn Rovers rival Whites for USA international striker UPDATED

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The agent of Robbie Rogers has confirmed that Leeds United and Blackburn Rovers are interested in signing the USA international next month.

But Shaun Higgins admitted to uncertainty over Rogers’ ability to secure the work permit required to complete a transfer to the English leagues.

Rogers, 24, has attracted United’s attention with the January transfer window approaching, and he is a free agent after concluding his deal with MLS club Columbus Crew.

The winger plans to make a decision on his next move “in the immediate future” but doubt exists about whether he has played regularly enough for America’s national side to qualify for a work permit.

United have previously recruited both Davide Somma and Mike Grella from the United States but their moves were aided by the fact they both held Italian passports.

Higgins said: “We’re not sure if he will immediately qualify or if he’ll have to go through the appeals process.”

Rogers has been on the fringes of the USA squad recently but players applying for work permits are expected to have played in 75 per cent of their national side’s competitive matches in the previous two years.

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