LATEST: Rovers board give Saunders green light to add to squad before deadline

Rovers' manager Dean Saunders shouts out the orders against Bury. Picture: Andrew Roe
Rovers' manager Dean Saunders shouts out the orders against Bury. Picture: Andrew Roe

DEAN Saunders hopes to add at least one new face to his squad before Friday night’s transfer deadline, the Free Press can reveal.

Rovers’ boss is in advanced talks with one player - thought to be Preston striker Iain Hume - after the board agreed to release extra funding.

Co-owners John Ryan, Terry Bramall and Dick Watson have been delighted with Rovers’ start to the new season and gave Saunders the green light to add to his squad after Tuesday night’s thrilling victory against Hull City.

Saunders, therefore, suddenly has room to manoeuvre in the transfer market but faces a race against time to beat Friday’s 11pm deadline.

He may choose to push through a permanent signing - although a loan move with a view to a permanent deal appears most likely at this stage.

Saunders has also been told he can add to his squad regardless of whether James Coppinger, who is thought to be interesting Hull City and Leeds United, remains at Doncaster Rovers.

But Rovers’ boss must weigh up whether he would be better served bringing in two or three players to bolster his squad at the expense of Coppinger, if a late bid comes in for the 31-year-old forward.

Former Tranmere and Barnsley striker Hume, 28, is a long-standing target of Saunders and is currently out of favour at Deepdale.

Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Nicky Weaver has also been linked with a move to Rovers.