Hughes: Warnock having medical

Blackburn manager Mark Hughes confirmed that Liverpool defender Stephen Warnock was at the club having a medical ahead of a proposed move to Ewood Park.

According to Hughes, the purchase of Stephen Warnock has to go ahead before they will allow Lucas Neill to begin his lucrative few months at relegation-threatened West Ham. Speaking to Sky, Hughes said of the two deals: “I would expect we’ll get some news today. Obviously we want to make sure we get our side of the deal done. We’re hoping to sign Stephen Warnock today – if that goes through Lucas will be allowed to leave.”

Asked if Warnock’s purchase was the key to both deals going ahead, Hughes said: “Yes – we haven’t got a deal as yet. He’s here as we speak, having a medical, and if that goes well we’ll take it from there. We’ve looked at Stephen and we think he’s a play that fits the criteria for a Blackburn player. He’s young, he’s hungry, he wants to progress in his career and we feel that he’s the right type of player to bring to the club.”

No details of the potential fee have been released officially yet.