Doncaster Rovers: Dickov makes a move for Miller

Ishmael Miller, pictured in action for Yeovil, is wanted by Doncaster.
Ishmael Miller, pictured in action for Yeovil, is wanted by Doncaster.
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Doncaster Rovers have revived their interest in Ishmael Miller.

Paul Dickov wants to sign three strikers and has targeted Miller as his ‘statement signing’.

However, Doncaster face stiff competition from several Championship clubs for the powerhouse forward.

Rovers tracked the 27-year-old before they clinched a loan deal for Billy Sharp in January.

And Dickov has once again earmarked the former Manchester City and West Bromwich Albion frontman as he bids to bolster his squad’s firepower following the departures of Chris Brown and Billy Paynter.

Miller is a free agent after his contract at Nottingham Forest expired this summer.

And Dickov – who briefly played alongside Miller for City in the Premier League – is understood to have sounded out his former teammate’s representatives about a move to the Keepmoat Stadium.

However, Miller’s ten goals in 19 games on loan at Yeovil last season mean he won’t be short of potential suitors, while Dickov will have his work cut out persuading him to drop down to League One for the first time in his career.

Manchester-born Miller left Yeovil under a cloud in April following a well documented spat with manager Gary Johnson - who later criticised the forward’s attitude.

But Dickov will back himself to get the best out of a player who has arguably failed to fulfil the potential he showed as a youngster at City and later earned him expensive moves to WBA and Forest.

Miller’s physical attributes make him an even more attractive option to Dickov following Brown’s move to Blackburn Rovers.

With Theo Robinson the only striker currently on the books, the Scot has set his stall out to sign three new strikers before the new campaign gets underway - and is likely to target forwards with different qualities.

Rovers’ boss is also understood to be one of several League One managers considering a move for Tottenham fringe man Jonathan Obika.

The 23-year-old striker has spent time on loan at Yeovil, Millwall, Crystal Palace, Peterborough, Swindon, Brighton and Charlton.

Dickov was yet to complete any new signings or contract renewals when we went to print yesterday.

But the club’s return to pre-season training at Cantley Park on Monday has helped to speed up discussions with certain players and their representatives.

It remains unclear whether any new contracts will be signed off by the club prior to John Ryan and Louis Tomlinson’s takeover becoming official on July 18.

But Dickov is thought to be making steady progress - even if deals do remain unsigned until Ryan and Tomlinson seize control of the club.

Resolving the futures of out of contract trio James Coppinger, Paul Keegan and Ross Turnbull remains a priority, while talks are ongoing with youngsters Jon Maxted, Liam Wakefield, Harry Middleton and Alex Peterson over extended deals.

There were at least two new faces among the group this week: right back Jon Otsemobor and midfielder James Bailey are training with Doncaster.

Otsemobor has been a free agent since January when he left MK Dons by mutual consent, while Bailey was released by Derby this summer.

Otsemobor’s involvement raises a question mark over the future of Paul Quinn, who the Free Press understands did not report back for training on Monday.

Quinn has one year to run on his current deal but has a relegation release clause in his contract.

Rovers have also been linked with experienced centre back Peter Clarke. The 32-year-old is a free agent after being released by Huddersfield.