DONCASTER ROVERS: Mathias Pogba no go for Rovers as James Harper deal stalls


Doncaster Rovers look resigned to losing midfielder James Coppinger but Wrexham’s Mathias Pogba will not be the player coming in to replace him at the Keepmoat.

Rovers manager Dean Saunders denied the claims that the French striker, who can also play as a winger, would be Rovers’ first signing of the close season.

Rumours had been circulating that Saunders had an eye on Pogba as a replacement for the club’s longest serving player, who has been at the club since 2004.

Coppinger had been placed on the club’s retained list by Saunders however it is believed that this was for purely financial reasons and Saunders is looking to sell the player to slash the colossal wage bill at the club.

Saunders says that he doubts Rovers will be signing any players over the next two weeks as he attempts to keep control over the clubs wages, but one big sale could be what the club needs in terms of managing the bill.

Rovers wage bill is said to be £1million over their initial budget despite the release of 12 first team players including Simon Gillett and Sam Hird last week.

High earners, Habib Bamogo and Pascal Chimbonda have already been allowed to leave the club after their short term deals expired in an attempt to substantially lower the bill.

There are seven players coming to the end of their contracts that Saunders plans to try and keep hold of, but he won’t be offering them new deals until after a fortnight’s time. The 13 players remaining in contract at the club includes Senegal international Habib Beye, believed to be one of the highest earners at the club, who may have to leave the Keepmoat in order to get the wage bill down.

Beye is on an 18 month deal, however the contract is believed to contain a clause that allows him to leave if Rovers were relegated.

Saunders will be hoping to hold on to the former Newcastle man but may have to sell if a club from the top two tiers come calling.

Doncaster have been linked with Cardiff’s Robert Earnshaw and former Coventry forward Freddy Eastwood, however Saunders has played down these rumours.

James Harper had talks with Rovers last week but a deal is believed to be on the rocks until the wage bill is slashed.

Rovers are reminding Season Ticket holders that seats will be reserved until June 1.

A week will be given for any Season Ticket holders wishing to change their seats and then all remaining seats will be released for general sale on Monday June 11.