Doncaster Rovers: Dickov aims to move quickly in upcoming transfer window

Doncaster's Frederico Macheda is tackled by Millwall's Nicky Bailey. Pic: Andrew Roe.
Doncaster's Frederico Macheda is tackled by Millwall's Nicky Bailey. Pic: Andrew Roe.

Paul Dickov is busy “sowing the seeds” ahead of the January transfer window - and confident he can act quickly in the market.

Dickov’s injury-hit side ground out a 0-0 draw with Millwall yesterday to end an alarming four-game losing streak. Afterwards Rovers’ boss said he was hoping to make early inroads in the window.

He said he did not envisage any problems with extending Richie Wellens’ deal, which expires after the New Year’s Day trip to QPR.

Discussions are also ongoing with Manchester United about an extension of Federico Macheda’s loan stay, while talks have also taken place with former West Brom defender Abdoulaye Meite who is currently training with Doncaster.

“You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to work out where we need to strengthen,” said Dickov.

“We’ve been saying for a few weeks now that we need to strengthen up front and at the back.

“The board have said they will back me - so there’s a lot of phone calls getting made at the moment. We’re trying to act quickly, but it’s not always as easy as that.

“Players that have been out on loan, clubs want to get them back and assess them. Lots of clubs also like to do their business before letting anyone out.

“But we’re definitely trying to sow a few seeds at the moment.”

Dickov, meanwhile, said he was pleased with the reaction from his players against the Lions, following their dishevelled display in the 3-0 Boxing Day defeat to Ipswich.

“We had a long chat on Friday and sorted one or two things out,” said Dickov.

“A few home truths were told about what we expect and I think we got a reaction from them. I thought the three young kids [Liam McCullough, Liam Wakefield and Alex Peterson] especially were fantastic. I’m absolutely gutted though that we didn’t win the game.”