Doncaster Rovers: Ferguson decides on future of trialist Issam Ben Khemis

Issam Ben Khemis has impressed during his trial with Rovers
Issam Ben Khemis has impressed during his trial with Rovers
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Trialist Issam Ben Khemis will be offered a contract at Doncaster Rovers, Darren Ferguson has confirmed.

The France-born Tunisian midfielder has impressed in his two pre-season outings for Rovers so far, against Tadcaster Albion and Derby County.

And Ben Khemis has impressed Ferguson enough to earn a deal with Rovers.

“He is one we’ll probably look to do something with,” Ferguson told The Star.

“I think where we are no, in terms of how it fits with the budget, I don’t think it’s going to be overly expensive.

“He’s a very good technical player.

“He’s a player who doesn’t give the ball up and he’s got good balance.

“I’ve been really impressed with him in the two games.

“His is a good temperament for him to come into a game like the Derby one and get on the ball as much as he did.

“You’d like to think when he gets more confidence, he will be better.

“We’ll see what happens with it.”

Ben Khemis was a real attacking spark after coming off the bench against Derby on Tuesday night, showing excellent confidence on the ball.

He was released by French side FC Lorient at the end of last season after making four senior appearances, including three in Ligue Un.

Should Ben Khemis sign a deal with Rovers, it will not end Ferguson’s search for further midfield cover.

The Rovers boss is still awaiting a response on whether a loan move for a Premier League youngster has been successful.

And he revealed Jordan Houghton is unlikely to return to Rovers on loan from Chelsea until late in August.

Ferguson said: “Houghton won’t be done until August time so we’ve more time on that.

“The other midfielder, we’ll continue talks with.

“He was in the U19 European Championship and he’s gone on holiday on holiday for two weeks because he’s played right through the summer.

“We’ll wait and see on that.

“There’s different options out there and I’ve got to balance things in terms of the budget and hopefully make the right decisions.”