Doncaster Rovers: Martyn Waghorn targetted

Rovers have hit a roadblock in their bid to sign Leicester striker Martyn Waghorn.
Rovers have hit a roadblock in their bid to sign Leicester striker Martyn Waghorn.
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Rovers are hoping to sign out-of-favour Leicester City striker Martyn Waghorn, the Star understands.

But Leicester’s determination to receive a transfer fee for the forward have dented Rovers’ hopes of landing him before the end of the January transfer window.

Waghorn’s contract at the King Power Stadium expires this summer and his prospects of game time appear to be only on the decrease.

The Foxes are this week expected to announce the signing of Kevin Phillips from Crystal Palace, sending Waghorn further down the pecking order behind David Nugent, Jamie Vardy, Gary Taylor-Fletcher, Jeff Schlupp and Chris Wood.

Nevertheless, Leicester are determined to recoup a significant chunk of the reported £3m they paid Sunderland for the striker in 2010.

A price tag approaching £500,000 has been placed on the 23-year-old’s head.

Rovers remain reluctant to pay any transfer fee for players during the window and a price such as the one quoted by Leicester would be well beyond their current means.

The positive news for Rovers is the asking price is said to have also put off other suitors for Waghorn’s signature.

And Leicester will allow the former England U21 star to leave on loan should they be unable to secure a permanent switch this month.

Paul Dickov has strong connections with Leicester and could put them to use in order to arrange a loan deal.

But with a striker at the top of his priority list – particularly with Chris Brown and Alex Peterson the only recognised fit forwards at the club – Dickov may be forced to look elsewhere.

Waghorn spent the last three months of 2013 on loan at Millwall, netting three times.

The Lions, along with Sheffield United, have also been linked with a permanent move.

Waghorn has not started for Leicester in more than 13 months and has made just 24 starts since his summer 2010 switch.