Doncaster Rovers: Paul Dickov confirms interest in Port Vale striker Tom Pope

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Paul Dickov has confirmed his interest in signing Port Vale striker Tom Pope - but admits Doncaster face competition to land him.

Pope is out of contract at Vale this summer and is understood to have been asked to take a pay cut of more than 50 per cent to stay with his hometown team.

The 29-year-old fits the bill for Doncaster - he is a proven goalscorer at this level and can handle himself physically.

Dickov has spoken to Pope and his agent about a move to the Keepmoat Stadium but is also aware of interest from elsewhere.

Dickov said: “Tom’s someone we’re interested in. That it leaked out from the Port Vale end is disappointing but he’s a player we like.

“He’s scored 61 goals in the last three seasons and he fits the bill in terms of mentality.

“Since Chris Brown left we’ve missed having a targetman up there and Tom’s the sort of player who gets on the end of things in the box.

“I’ve had a positive conversation with Tom and his representative on the phone but there is a lot of interest from other clubs because of the type of player he is and the number of goals he’s scored.”

Dickov, meanwhile, has denied any interest in Pope’s teammate Michael O’Connor.

Doncaster were rather oddly namechecked by Vale chairman Norman Smurthwaite in relation to the midfielder earlier this week.

“There’s no truth in that one whatsoever,” said Dickov.

Smurthwaite had suggested that Vale would struggle to hold onto out of contract O’Connor, who lives in Lincoln, if Rovers and Paul Dickov came calling for him.

Dickov added: “Michael’s a good player. He spent time with us in pre-season last year because he is local but I find it wrong that the Port Vale chairman’s come out and mentioned myself personally and Doncaster Rovers being after Michael when it’s simply not true.

“I think some people should keep their mouth shut sometimes.”