Doncaster Rovers transfer news: Latest on Reece James, Brad Halliday, Jason Lokilo and potential incomings

Doncaster Rovers are set to examine transfer targets in the full back positions with Reece James and Brad Halliday expected to leave the club, the Free Press understands.

Thursday, 3rd June 2021, 12:05 pm
Reece James. Photo: George Wood/Getty Images
Reece James. Photo: George Wood/Getty Images

James had informed Rovers he would only reject the offer of a new deal at the Keepmoat if he received a contract from a Championship club.

It is understood the 27-year-old has now had at least one firm offer from the second tier with Rovers staff increasingly resigned to losing the versatile full back.

James was one of the club’s shining lights in an up-and-down campaign, playing more in a variety of positions in midfield than he did in his natural left back slot.

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Rovers had been especially keen to retain James, who joined the club from Sunderland two years ago.

It is unlikely an agreement will be reached to extend Halliday’s stay at Rovers with the club unwilling to meet the right back’s increased wage demands.

Rovers are understood to have made an offer to the 25-year-old which they consider to be fair for a player of his abilities but his representatives have asked for improved terms.

It is expected that Halliday will now join one of Rovers’ League One rivals.

Discussions with the other players offered new deals – Jason Lokilo, Lirak Hasani and Ben Blythe – are due to conclude shortly.

Rovers currently have only two recognised full backs on their books and both are inexperienced at senior level. Branden Horton and Charlie Seaman both agreed new contracts last month.

New Rovers manager Richie Wellens will return from holiday this weekend but has maintained contact with staff at the club throughout his break.

Wellens was confident of closing in on his first signing before he headed away for the holiday with his family but any deals are unlikely to be confirmed until later this month.

It is likely that Wellens will look to the loan market to provide competition with Seaman at right back this season.