Paul Dickov’s most ambitious transfer raid of the summer just got even tougher after Feyernoord expressed an interest in re-signing Manchester City hot shot John Guidetti.
Guidetti is on Dickov’s ‘A-list’ of targets and Doncaster’s well-connected boss had hoped to sweet talk his former club into a loan deal for the highly-rated Swede.
But he now faces competition from Dutch giants Feyernoord as well as a host of Premier League clubs.
Doncaster’s pursuit of Guidetti might have shades of the club’s publicised interest in Manchester United starlet Nick Powell for fans - appearing on the face of it to be unrealistic.
But Dickov’s connections with City make a suprise move to the Championship a genuine possibility.
Indeed, such is Rovers’ intent on pulling a rabbit out of the hat, the club were thought to be unhappy with reports last month that they were lagging behind several Premier League clubs in the race for the 21-year-old frontman.
Guidetti is currently in South Africa with Manchester City and there have been suggestions that he may get his opportunity at the Etihad under new boss Manuel Pellegrini.
Sunderland are long term admirers and boss Paolo Di Canio could be in the market for a striker if Danny Graham, as expected, departs for Hull City.
And this week Feyernoord also entered the race after technical director Martin van Geel left the door open to a possible return to Holland for Guidetti.
The young striker bagged 20 goals in 23 appearances for the Dutch side during the 2011-12 campaign, before injury and illness kept him on the sidelines last season.
“Guidetti is in our hearts and the door is always open for him,” said van Geel. “He knows that.
“If a godsend occurs, we would naturally increase our squad with him. But I would like to say clearly that no concrete efforts have been made to get him.”
Rovers are also hoping to push through a deal for former striker Billy Sharp.
However, Dickov would like two new strikers to provide competition for places with Chris Brown and Billy Paynter - and has not given up on landing Guidetti.