Doncaster Rovers: No comment on ‘mystery backer’ story


Rovers are refusing to comment on reports that a ‘mystery backer’ is ready to invest in the club.

A report in yesterday’s Sunday People claimed that an “Irish group with horse racing interests have their eyes on Rovers”.

The mystery consortium is ready to bankroll high profile summer swoops for Aston Villa pair Shay Given and Richard Dunne, according to the national newspaper.

However, Rovers chairman John Ryan is unwilling to comment on the speculation.

Republic of Ireland star Given is thought to be on £60,000 a week at Villa Park, where he has fallen behind American Brad Guzan in the pecking order.

The 37-year-old goalkeeper is not in Villa boss Paul Lambert’s plans and will be allowed to leave the club on loan.

Hull City and Celtic are also rumoured to be interested in the former Manchester City and Newcastle stopper - but with a cash injection Rovers could be ready to compete for the Premier League veteran.

Boss Paul Dickov is thought to have shortlisted at least one other international goalkeeper as a potential replacement for Gary Woods, while Nicky Weaver and Luke Steele have also been linked with a move to the Keepmoat Stadium.

Centre half Dunne, 33, is a free agent after being released by Villa.

Sheffield Wednesday have distanced themselves from reports linking them with giant Dinamo Zagreb striker Ivan Krstanovic, who is also said to be interesting Nottingham Forest.