Doncaster Rovers: ‘I demand full commitment’: Paul Dickov

Jean-Yves M'voto has done a U-turn and signed for Barnsley after looking set for Rovers
Jean-Yves M'voto has done a U-turn and signed for Barnsley after looking set for Rovers

Paul Dickov says he only wants players with 100 per cent commitment to the Rovers cause.

Rovers suffered a blow to their recruitment drive yesterday when long-term target Jean-Yves M’voto signed for local rivals Barnsley.

M’voto had agreed in principle to join Rovers on a two- year deal and was expected to sign before the training trip to Portugal only for paperwork problems to hold up the process.

Dickov said he no longer wanted to sign Mvoto once he knew the Frenchman’s head had been turned.

“I made an offer to Jean before we travelled to Portugal but while we were away he said he was going to speak to Barnsley,” Dickov said.

“I explained that if he did, I would not be proceeding with bringing him to the club, as I only want players who are 100 per cent committed to Doncaster Rovers.”

M’voto claims the project sold to him by Flitcroft quickly led to him changing his mind about joining Rovers.

He said: “Everything was good with Doncaster, it was fine and nice.

“But the manager at Barnsley told me what he wanted to do and I really liked it. I changed my mind really quickly.

“I have nothing against Doncaster, it’s a brilliant club. I hope I’m not going to leave on a bad feeling. I really respect everyone there especially the manager.

“Everything with Barnsley just happened quickly.”

Rovers could be set to swoop for former midfielder Richie Wellens after he was released by Leicester City yesterday.

Dickov – who played alongside Wellens at Leicester – has previously admitted a liking for the 33-year-old but last month said he was out of Rovers’ price range.

The financial hurdle on a deal for Wellens has been significantly lowered after he became a free agent.

Central midfield positions dropped off Dickov’s priority list after the signings of Marc de val Fernandez and Dean Furman. But a knee injury for Fernandez is likely to rule him out for the first few months of the season.

Wellens travelled with the Foxes for a pre-season training camp to Austria earlier this month and reportedly impressed in training, looking strong and sharp.