Sall linked with Rovers

Set to sign: Rovers' veteran goalkeeper Neil Sullivan
Set to sign: Rovers' veteran goalkeeper Neil Sullivan

SENEGAL midfielder Moustapha Bayal Sall is set to become the first of several top European players to be arriving at Doncaster Rovers in the coming weeks.

The 25 year-old 6ft 4in tall Saint-Etienne midfielder is currently out of favour with the French First Division club after having falling out with their coach and is looking to find himself a new club in England.

Top football agent Willie McKay, who is helping to set up the deal, says that a Premiership side is already showing an interest in the player described as being ‘powerful’ and will monitor his progress whilst at Rovers, who would receive a percentage of any subsequent transfer fee.

Speaking exclusively to The Star yesterday, McKay says that Rovers boss Dean Saunders has already seen DVDs of the player in action.

Saunders is reportedly impressed but will not make a final decision until he has seen the player play live.

Saunders said after Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at Portsmouth that Rovers needed to be more competitive and Sall would fit the bill in that respect.

“The football that we played in the first half, which was excellent at times, was because we’ve got good footballers in the team,” he said. “But when the game changed in the second half I thought they wanted it more.

“When you are away from home you’ve got to be able to stand up to it. We’ve got lots of players who are good with the ball but we haven’t got enough who are good without it; players who can do all the donkey jobs and enjoy it.

“It’s about players having the desire and the intelligence to pick people up in the box, winning headers and second balls.

“We stopped the supply coming in (to the box) in the first half but in the second they put too many balls in. Their players got bigger and bigger as the game went on.

“We’ve certainly got some good players and I’m going to try and give them a chance to be a bit more resilient and show a bit more aggression in the right way. But if that doesn’t happen I won’t put up with it and I’ll have to do something about it.

“The least that you can do as a player is to make sure that the boy you are up against doesn’t play well and that’s the way we’ve got to be from now on. Even if you aren’t playing well you can make sure that the boy you are playing against doesn’t play well.

“I’m not really bothered about individuals; I’m more bothered about the team performance and we aren’t doing what I want us to do at the moment.

“We played really well in the first half and looked dangerous but we’ve got to show more of a ruthless streak.”

Saunders expects veteran keeper Neil Sullivan, who has been offered a new one-year deal, to put pen to paper early this week.

There were no further developments yesterday on the club’s hopes to extend Cardiff striker Jon Parkin’s loan spell by a further two months.