Dean Saunders pulled off a coup today with the signing of Senegalese star El Hadji Diouf on a three month deal, subject to paperwork clearence.
The 30-year-old striker, who has notched 21 goals in 69 games in international football, became a free agent and was without a club after being released by Blackburn Rovers in the summer.
Despite being pursued by several other clubs, including Premier League outfits, Diouf decided to join Rovers after having talks with Rovers boss Dean Saunders.
Diouf has twice been named African Footballer of the Year, was named in a list of the 125 greatest living footballers selected by Pele seven years ago and was elected to the World Cup All-Star team in 2002.
He commanded a £10 million transfer fee when he joined Liverpool nine years ago and Roy Keane paid £2.6 million to sign him for Sunderland as recently as July, 2008.
Diouf began his career in French football scoring 18 goals in 54 games for Lens before moving to Anfield.
Sam Allardyce twice signed him - first for Bolton in 2005, then for Blackburn in 2009 - and he also played for Glasgow Rangers on loan at the end of last season.