Doncaster Rovers: Husband set to leave

James Husband looks set to sign for Middlesbrough for �500,000
James Husband looks set to sign for Middlesbrough for �500,000
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Paul Dickov hopes to re-sign James Coppinger by tomorrow with James Husband today on the verge of departing Rovers.

Husband is set to join Middlesbrough in a deal reportedly worth £500,000.

Coppinger’s ten-year stay at the Keepmoat looked to be over last week following the collapse of John Ryan and Louis Tomlinson’s takeover of Rovers.

The 33-year-old said he would be looking for a club with Rovers not in a position to offer him a new deal following the end of his contract.

But in an about-turn, Coppinger now looks set for a Rovers return. The wide man was at the Keepmoat yesterday to watch Rovers battle out a 2-2 draw with Sheffield Wednesday.

“There is a chance he will be rejoining us which will be fantastic for the whole club,” Dickov said.

“Copps is a top, top pro. He’s got a big influence around the football club and that’s the sort of boost we need at the minute.

“My relationship with Copps is fantastic. We’ve been speaking all week. We sat down and had a chat this morning. Hopefully there will be good news by Tuesday at the latest and he’s one of them we hope to have good news about.

“Nothing has changed from my point of view. I’ve always wanted to keep James and hopefully we will get that done.”

Dickov is confident he will be completing several transfers early this week but admits much of his business will depend on whether full back Husband joins Middlesbrough.

The Rovers boss confirmed an offer from the North East club has been accepted..

“I think it’s out there that Middlesbrough have made a bid that’s been accepted. James is going up there on Monday to hold talks,” Dickov said.

“I’m in a good position that if it doesn’t go through then I’ve got James Husband. But if it does go through there might be a little bit of money coming back to us that we can try and strengthen the team with.

“A lot of the things that will happen early this week will depend on what happens with James.

“All the signs are that by the end of Monday James will be a Middlesbrough player.

“He’s a fantastic kid who we would love to keep but he’s got an club interested in him from the Championship and he’s ambitious. We won’t stand in his way.”

Dickov confirmed striker Curtis Main is a player who has been discussed as potentially heading in the opposite direction should Husband join Middlesbrough.

He hopes to have several players arriving at the club over the next few days.

Dickov said: “We’re working hard and hopefully by Tuesday we will have some really good news.

“Nathan and Cedric were both out in Portugal with us and made a very good impression. We’re looking at those two and a few more.

“We need two goalkeepers in, two that will be competing with each other which will push us forward.”