Saunders plays down Nicky Weaver hunt

MAKING HIS POINT: Dean Saunders is targeting new additions to his side but Sheffield Wednesday keeper Nicky Weaver is not the top of his shopping list.
MAKING HIS POINT: Dean Saunders is targeting new additions to his side but Sheffield Wednesday keeper Nicky Weaver is not the top of his shopping list.
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ROVERS boss Dean Saunders says a deal for Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Nicky Weaver is not a priority because other areas of his squad need his attention first.

Weaver has been expected to complete a switch across South Yorkshire for some weeks now and Owls boss Dave Jones told reporters a deal was close earlier this week.

However, the expected departure of James Coppinger has not occurred meaning the last wages available to Saunders were spent on a deal for James Harper.

And while Saunders has been keen to bring in a goalkeeper this summer, he will put any new funds into other areas of the squad – particularly in defence and attack.

He said: “I’d like to strengthen every area of the team.

“We’re alright at the minute because there are no suspension and no one is injured but I’m aware of what could be round the corner.

“I’ve managed to put together a team where I’m pleased how it’s shaping up.

“I need to add a few more to that group who can score and so we’re not relying on one player.”

Saunders admitted he expected Coppinger to move to Hull City last week and that was the reason why the midfielder was not named in the starting XI for the trip to Walsall.

Coppinger turned down the chance to join Barnsley on loan earlier this week.

Saunders said: “I really thought Copps was leaving us last week so I planned for Walsall without him.

“But it didn’t happen and he’s staying with us.

“Barnsley have put a proposal to us and all parties haven’t agreed to it.

“He wasn’t interested from the start and I didn’t expect him to be.

“As we speak nothing more has happened.

“I don’t know if he’d fancy a two month loan deal with anybody so I can’t blame him.

“I’m not in a strong bargaining position though.

“I’m trying to cut the budget, and it’s good to get fees for some of the players who’ve left because at one point we were considering having to pay players to leave.

“But we have managed to get some money in.

“It’s been frustrating all through the summer and now the situation with Copps is not ideal.

“We’ve had three wins on the trot and you want things to start settling down the new side.”