Doncaster Rovers: Tomlinson’s jet-setting unlikely to affect negotiations

Louis Tomlinson. Picture: PA
Louis Tomlinson. Picture: PA
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Louis Tomlinson’s jet-setting is unlikely to impact any further upon ongoing takeover negotiations.

Tomlinson is scheduled to perform in Stockholm, Sweden, on Friday when One Direction kick off the next leg of their World Tour.

The group will then hot-foot it Denmark, France, Holland and Italy for gigs later this month.

But the issue of image rights, which has held up Tomlinson and John Ryan’s proposed takeover, is now in the hands of the 22-year-old’s management company.

With Rovers likely to want to maximise the 22-year-old’s fame and marketability, drafting the small print of the proposed deal could become a painstaking exercise for his management - and could yet rumble on for a while.

Both parties involved in the takeover would be keen, in an ideal world, to wrap up the deal before Tomlinson departs for Scandinavia.

But the fact Tomlinson will no longer be in the country from Friday onwards is unlikely to add to the delay, with his management left to resolve what have been described as ‘minor issues’.

The hold-up in negotiations means recruitment has been placed on hold.

But boss Paul Dickov yesterday moved to reassure fans that the foundations are in place to add to the squad when the current state of flux resolves itself.

“It’s busy,” said Dickov.

“We’ve got a lot of irons in the fire.

“What we are doing is identifying targets. A lot of players are on holiday so we’ll have to wait for some answers.”