Doncaster Rovers: Decision close on investment deal

Rovers' major shareholders John Ryan, Terry Bramall and Dick Watson
Rovers' major shareholders John Ryan, Terry Bramall and Dick Watson

Rovers’ major shareholders are edging closer to a decision over proposed investment by an Irish consortium, the Star understands.

According to Star sources, the shareholders took part in a crunch meeting yesterday to discuss revised terms put forward by the prospective new owners.

As expected with a deal of this size, negotiations between the two sides have been complex with a number of sticking issues needing to be resolved.

However, a final decision on the investment deal is said to be imminent.

One man who will be keen to hear the outcome is Paul Dickov.

With just eight days remaining until the start of the season, Dickov is likely to be getting anxious over the makeup of his squad.

The outcome of takeover negotiations will dramatically determine Dickov’s dealings in the transfer market, the Star understands.

Should the Irish consortium move in, Dickov will be handed significant funds to chase promotion to the Premier League.

This is expected to include a deal for Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given as well as a potential return for striker Billy Sharp.

Securing a goalkeeper will be top of Dickov’s list of priorities due to the lack of a keeper among just 15 senior players on Rovers’ books.

It appeared transfer activity had been placed on hold until after a decision was reached on the investment proposals.

But there were positive signs yesterday as Rovers confirmed the re-signing of midfielder Paul Keegan plus a deal with former Manchester United youngster Luke McCullough.

Keegan penned a new one year contract while McCullough signed a two year deal.

The 19-year-old ex-Red Devil has been earmarked for Rovers’ new development squad by Dickov.

The Rovers boss will now be keen to further boost his senior squad size by completing the signing of Harry Forrester as well as rubber-stamping deals with the five other out of contract players.

Given’s Aston Villa teammate Stephen Ireland is the latest big name to be linked with Rovers.

Another target Richie Wellens was present at Cantley Park earlier this week.

It is understood he was there to maintain his fitness following his release by Leicester City.

But a deal with the former Rovers midfielder would be likely should the takeover be completed.