BLACKBURN - Sam Allardyce has signalled that he will allow Benni McCarthy to leave Blackburn this month but only if he receives an acceptable offer for the unsettled striker.
McCarthy, 32, has grown disillusioned with his lack of first-team starts under Allardyce and is agitating for a move to ensure regular football in the run-up to the World Cup finals back home in June and July.
The striker is reportedly a target for Scottish giants Celtic and has also been linked with a move to Portsmouth.
Allardyce said McCarthy could still rekindle his career at Blackburn, who signed him from FC Porto for £2,5million (R29,7million) in 2006.
"Me and Benni know why he has not played as much, which is personal, private and confidential to us," Allardyce told reporters yesterday.
"But it lies in his hands if he wants to play more at Blackburn, not mine. If he puts that right he can play a major part here and get to a Cup final."
McCarthy said last week he hoped Blackburn would not ask for an "unreasonable" fee and thereby prevent him from being in prime condition for the World Cup.
The Blackburn boss said: "He has been frustrated by the lack of times he has played but we have had no offers for him at the moment." - Sapa-AFP