DONCASTER Rovers face an anxious wait to discover if Ipswich Town resurrect their interest in Billy Sharp and James Coppinger.
Rovers chairman John Ryan recently rebutted a £2.8m offer, believed to have been tabled by Southampton, for Sharp before insisting the former Sheffield United striker would start next season at the Keepmoat Stadium.
Ipswich, who are understood to have failed with two bids for Coppinger, have also been monitoring the 25-year-old’s situation despite signing Michael Chopra and Nathan Ellington from Cardiff City and Watford respectively.
But having vowed to revamp the playing staff at Portman Road after taking charge in January, manager Paul Jewell could be tempted to test Rovers’ resolve one last time if Connor Wickham departs Suffolk.
The England under-21 international, a target for Sunderland, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, is valued at around £10m.
“People shouldn’t think we are closing the transfer book at the this moment,” Simon Clegg, Town’s chief executive, said. “But there’s a way to go before we’re close to making more announcements.”
“The fans probably want to see us signing five, six or seven players and we are looking at doing that but we have to be patient,” added Jewell.
Rovers are also holding firm over Coppinger who Ryan described as “pivotal” to their hopes of improving upon last season’s 21st placed finish in the Championship.
“The club remains ambitious and feels that with a bit more luck with injuries and refereeing decisions we can be a real force in the Championship next season,” he said.
Meanwhile, Rovers are reportedly negotiating with Bury about a fee for Kyle Bennett.
The 20-year-old, who has previously represented Wolverhampton Wanderers, helped Richie Barker’s side gain promotion from League Two last season.
Bennett has 12 months remaining on his contract at Gigg Lane and scored twice in 35 appearances for the Lancastrians.
Michael McIndoe could also emerge as a target for a Rovers return after parting company with Coventry City.
A clause in his contract hindered the midfielder’s progress at the Ricoh Arena last term.
Huddersfield are also keen.
Meanwhile, Rovers have released further details of their forthcoming pre-season friendly against United at Bramall Lane on Tuesday 26 July.
Tickets, priced £7 adults and £3 concessions, will be available from July 4.