Former Hull and Sheffield United midfielder Harper is a target for Doncaster Rovers

James Harper
James Harper

ROVERS have held talks with experienced midfielder James Harper about a move to the Keepmoat Stadium.

The 31-year-old is out of contract this summer after being released by Hull City.

Harper, who spent the 2009/10 season at Sheffield United after a nine-year stint at Reading, has met with Dean Saunders to discuss a possible switch to South Yorkshire.

It remains unclear whether the former Arsenal trainee has been offered terms - because Saunders must reduce his wage bill before adding to his squad.

Saunders did not want to discuss individual targets when he spoke to the Free Press this week but he did confirm he had spoken to Harper.

Saunders said: “I’ve got three lists of players that I am working from over the summer: expensive, not so expensive and cheap.

“I’ve got to be patient because we all know what the situation is with the wage bill.

“There’s been a bit of interest in a few of our players but we have not had any concrete offers.

“James is a player I’ve spoken to,” he added. “I like to meet players and talk to them eye to eye to see if they are as determined as I am.

“It’s important I find the right players to take this club forward.

“I don’t want anyone coming here for the ride.”

Another player Saunders has sounded out is Altrincham’s Doncaster-based striker Damian Reeves, who scored 44 goals in Blue Square Bet North last season.

Saunders hopes to get permission from the board this week to offer Reeves a deal to play for his hometown team.

But he faces competition for the out of contract forward’s signature, with Oldham Athletic also stepping up their interest in the 26-year-old.

Reeves recently spent a week training with the Latics but Doncaster may yet hold the trump card, given that the striker already lives in the town with his pregnant girlfriend Lauren.