Doncaster Rovers: Dickov closing in on new faces despite missing out on FA Cup windfall

Abdul Razak, pictured in action for Brighton against Rovers.
Abdul Razak, pictured in action for Brighton against Rovers.
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Paul Dickov is looking to push through deals for Abdul Razak and a new goalkeeper despite missing out on an FA Cup windfall.

Rovers’ third round replay defeat at Bristol City on Tuesday night - their first loss in ten on the road - saw them miss out on a £300,000 pay day.

Paul Dickov

Paul Dickov

However, Dickov is closing in on a deal for Razak after meeting the former Manchester City midfielder for talks on Monday.

And the Scot will almost certainly have an experienced goalkeeper on board for Saturday’s South Yorkshire derby at home to Barnsley following Sam Johnstone’s shock switch to Preston earlier this week - with former West Ham stopper Stephen Bywater close to sealing a move to Rovers when the Free Press went to press yesterday.

“Tuesday night was disappointing for lots of reasons, but I can’t be too hard on the players and I thought at times we played well,” said Dickov, following Rovers’ 2-0 reverse at Ashton Gate.

“As disappointed as we are, we’ve been on a good run in the league and we’ve got a big derby game this weekend and a home game with Notts County [on Tuesday night].

“We want to continue that run. There’s no distractions for us now.

“We want to push up that league as quickly as we can.”

Dickov will hope for a swift resolution to talks with Razak in the absence of Dean Furman, whose departure for the Africa Cup of Nations with South Africa has unquestionably disrupted Doncaster’s post-Christmas momentum.

The OFI Crete midfielder, who left Manchester for Russian club Anzhi in 2013, is keen on a return to England and, according to Dickov, eager for the move to the Keepmoat Stadium to happen.

“I met him on Monday and we had a long chat,” said Dickov.

“What I do know is that he is hungry and he wants to come.”

Dickov, meanwhile, could not hide his disappointment earlier this week when first revealing Johnstone’s defection to his hometown team Preston.

However, Rovers’ boss has lined up Bywater as Johnstone’s replacement. The 33-year-old had his contract cancelled by Millwall yesterday.

“We’ll have a goalkeeper in by the weekend,” said Dickov.