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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Blackburn Strikes Back

LONDON () -- English premier league club Blackburn Rovers on Wednesday launched an audacious $6.2 million bid for Manchester United star Eric Cantona.

Blackburn owner Jack Walker and chairman Robert Coar confirmed their club's interest in the French midfielder, but denied it was a tit-for-tat move in response to Manchester United's reported $18.7 million bid for England striker Alan Shearer.

Manchester United assistant secretary Ken Ramsden confirmed the club had received a faxed offer from Blackburn, but insisted: "There is no way the matter will be considered.

"The offer has been rejected out of hand," Ramsden said. "Eric will not be going to Blackburn or anywhere else."